Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia, Coin from Australia
CoinTwenty Cents 2021 Animalia

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 mint says about the coin:
"Animalia is a classic Australian children’s book, written and illustrated by Graeme Base. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021, the much-loved book has now been captured on a coloured 20 cent coin for posterity. This is the first release in a new series that will celebrate a different classic Australian children’s book each year.

The Royal Australian Mint has partnered with the Children’s Book Council of Australia to release this coin, the first of a new series. Launched in the lead up to 2021 Book Week, the coin is a nod to the joy and importance of reading."

These coins are Non-Circulating Legal Tender (collector issue). No coins of this type have been released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage55,521
Obverse
Australia / Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide but "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, where the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald was fifth).

The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen mother) in 1937.

Unlike on British coinage, the effigy is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders) and extends almost to the rim of the coin; consequently, the legend does not run continuously around the rim.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are incuse in tiny letters in the left field of the effigy (on the Queen's right shoulder, near the rim).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Reverse
Australia / Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia - reverse photo

Within a coloured circular border, the reverse design of the coin is based on cover art from the Australian children’s book, Animalia (1986) by Graeme Base, author and illustrator; it features a multitude of animals - real and mythological, and a boy sitting on the grass. On the left, and partially obscuring the circular border, a coloured strip of designs based on illustrations from the book.

On two lines above, the inscription 35th anniversary of ANIMALIA. Below right, the numeral for the value: 20 [cents].

Reverse Inscription 35th anniversary of ANIMALIA 20
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The design was approved by in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2021 Royal Australian Mint No. 2) Determination 2021 on 22 April 2021.

Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia: Known varieties
Variety In presentation card
Images Australia / Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia / In presentation card - obverse photo Australia / Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia / In presentation card - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 50,000 (included in total). Mintage limit: 50,000
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in a coloured presentation card featuring the same illustration of the book which is shown on the reverse of the coin.

RAM Product Code: 10733. Issue price: AU$ 15.00.

Variety In anniversary book
Mintage Issued: 3,500 (included in total). Mintage limit: 3,500
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin packaged in a hardcover anniversary edition book of Animalia.

RAM Product Code: 10733. Issue price: AU$ 45.00.

Variety Gold Plated
Images Australia / Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia / Gold Plated - obverse photo Australia / Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia / Gold Plated - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 2,021 (included in total). Mintage limit: 2,021
MaterialGold Plated Coppper-Nickel
Details

Gold Plated colour printed Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel coin, packaged in a deluxe hardcover anniversary edition of Animalia.

All (34) coins of 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 II - 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 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
Twenty Cents 2020 AC/DC - High Voltage unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 20 CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2020 AC/DC - T.N.T. unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 20 CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2020 AC/DC - Back in Black unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 20 CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2020 AC/DC - Ballbreaker unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 20 CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2021 AC/DC unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 20 CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2021 AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 20 CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2021 AC/DC - For Those About to Rock unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 20 CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2021 Platypus Toy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia 55,521 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
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Twenty Cents 2021 Animalia: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTwenty Cents (NCLT)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value20 (x Cent)
Total Mintage55,521
Mintage Limit55,521
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerBronwyn King
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.650 mm
Thickness2.520 mm
Mass11.300 g
OCC IDBVYX-EWRC-XXYA-OJZN
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