|Coin||Two Cents 1981|
The Australian two-cent coin is the second smallest denomination coin of the Australian dollar. Coins issued in 1981 circulated for 11 years before, together with coins of the one cent denomination, they were withdrawn from circulation in February 1992.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.
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 1981.
||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
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.
Krause lists combined circulation mintage of 247,300,000 plus 86,000 proofs.