Twenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Twenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT), Coin from Australia
CoinTwenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT)

The Australian 20 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966 when it replaced the pre-decimal Australian florin, to which it is equal in size and mass. The original reverse design by Stuart Devlin has not been changed since its introduction.

The denomination is occasionally used by both the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint to issue collector coins, which are legal tender in Australia - such as this one.

The arrival of the Merino sheep with the First Fleet in 1788 began one of Australia’s most successful industries. By 1870, only 82 years after the arrival of those first Merinos, Australia had become the largest producer and supplier of wool in the world.The humble Merino has also featured on Australian coinage over the years - from the one shilling coin of 1937-1963, the fifty cent coin in 1991 and gracing the two dollar note from 1966-1983.

So for the two coin year sets in 2011 the Royal Australian Mint decided to pay homage to wool, the foundation of the burgeoning economy which led to the phrase that Australia "rode on the sheep’s back".

The coin was issued in a small two-coin set together with a non-circulating one dollar on the same topic; the sets were in brilliant uncirculated grade (Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 310011, issue price: A$15.00) or proof (Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 210013, issue price: A$45.00).

No coins of this type were issued into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Twenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT) - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Reverse
Australia / Twenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT) - reverse photo

The reverse depicts a wagon wheel illustrated with a series of images representing Australia’s rich history of wool production (from top clockwise): a merino ram with full fleece, hand shears on a background of wool, the value 20 [cents], roaming sheep, bales of wool on a horse-drawn cart, a sheerer sheering a sheep.

On the wheel rim, around above the text RIDING ON THE SHEEP'S BACK; around below, AUSTRALIAN WOOL.

The designer's initial G (for Vladimir Gottwald) is in a small circle under the value.

Reverse Inscription RIDING ON THE SHEEP'S BACK 20 AUSTRALIAN WOOL
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Twenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT): Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC
Images Australia / Twenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT) / Proof FDC - obverse photo Australia / Twenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT) / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

In a two-coin set together with the Riding on the Sheep's Back $1. Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 210013, issue price of the set: A$45.00.

All (25) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Twenty Cents (NCLT)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, 1910 Florin) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, Canberra Florin) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, Melbourne Florin) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, 1938 Florin) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, Federation Jubilee Florin) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, Royal Visit Florin) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, United Nations) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, Fourth Portrait) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
Twenty Cents 1999 (Silver, Threepence) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII) 10,412 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George V) 10,412 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, Queen Elizabeth II) 10,412 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) 5,829 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Twenty Cents 2007 Year of the Life Saver (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007
Twenty Cents 2008 Year of Planet Earth (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
Twenty Cents 2009 Year of Astronomy (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Twenty Cents 2009 Australian Service Nurses (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Twenty Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Twenty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) 500 Queen Elizabeth - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Twenty Cents 2010 Lost Soldiers of Fromelles (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Twenty Cents 2010 Burke and Wills (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Twenty Cents 2011 Ashes (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Twenty Cents 2011 War Historians (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Twenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Twenty Cents 2019 (Third Portrait) 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
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Twenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTwenty Cents (NCLT)
Issued2011
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value20 (x Cent)
Total Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerVladimir Gottwald
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.650 mm
Thickness2.520 mm
Mass11.300 g
OCC IDNXYD-ONZC-WMGV-OVRB
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2011 20c CuNi Proof Riding on the Sheep's Back
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2011 20c CuNi Proof Riding on the Sheep's Back
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2011 20c CuNi Unc for the Riding on the Sheep's Back
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2011 20c CuNi Unc for the Riding on the Sheep's Back
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