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Coin: Two Cents 1968
Description

The Australian two-cent coin is the second smallest denomination coin of the Australian dollar. Coins issued in 1968 circulated for 24 years before, together with coins of the one cent denomination, they were withdrawn from circulation in February 1992. They were not demonetised though and remain legal tender.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value2 (x Cent) TypeTwo Cents
Year1968 CurrentNo
Mintage16,995,000 (17.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Perth Mint No mint mark 16,995,000 (17.0 million)
MaterialBronze DesignerStuart Devlin
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)21.5900 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.2000
Obverse

Crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin).

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 Rank-Broadley and the Gottwald portraits.

Around, the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1968.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1968
Reverse

The reverse features a frilled lizard with neck frill extended and mouth open, designed and sculpted by Stuart Devlin. The denomination numeral 2 [cents] is left of the lizard's head; below its body in (very) tiny letters, the designer's initials SD.

Reverse inscription2
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Remick's Catalogue and Guide of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 also lists proofs, not listed elsewhere.

Two Cents 1968: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Two Cents 1968: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 63
Two Cents 1968: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Perth Mint 2012 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Perth Mint 2012 Mintage link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
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List of all (31) coins of type: Australia / Two Cents
Two Cents 1966 Two Cents 1967 Two Cents 1968 Two Cents 1969 Two Cents 1970 Two Cents 1971
Two Cents 1972 Two Cents 1973 Two Cents 1974 Two Cents 1975 Two Cents 1976 Two Cents 1977
Two Cents 1978 Two Cents 1979 Two Cents 1980 Two Cents 1981 Two Cents 1982 Two Cents 1983
Two Cents 1984 Two Cents 1985 Two Cents 1986 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1987 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1988 Two Cents 1989
Two Cents 1990 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1991 (mint sets only) Two Cents 2006 (mint sets only) Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern Two Cents 2011 (Silver)
Two Cents 2012 (Gold)