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Australia: Coin Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait)
CoinTwo Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait)

The Australian two-cent coin is the second smallest denomination coin of the Australian dollar. Together with coins of the one cent denomination, it was withdrawn from circulation in February 1992. The coins were not demonetised though and remain legal tender.

In 2006, the Royal Australian Mint produced some for mint sets (regular coins and proofs), celebrating the 40th anniversary of the denomination.

Unlike all other coins of the same year, silver proofs have Her Majesty's "Second Portrait" (by Arnold Machin), which was last used in Australia in 1984. They have a diameter of 21.6mm, weigh 5.18g and are of 0.999 purity (0.1664 oz. ASW).

MintRoyal Australian Mint
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 2006.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
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 Inscription 2
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): References to Information Used
All Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Two Cents (32)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Cents 1966 429,554,110 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1966
Two Cents 1967 73,250,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1967
Two Cents 1968 16,995,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1968
Two Cents 1969 12,953,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1969
Two Cents 1970 39,887,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1970
Two Cents 1971 60,745,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1971
Two Cents 1972 77,580,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1972
Two Cents 1973 94,068,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1973
Two Cents 1974 177,734,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1974
Two Cents 1975 100,068,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1975
Two Cents 1976 121,903,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1976
Two Cents 1977 102,055,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1977
Two Cents 1978 128,739,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Two Cents 1979 69,741,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1979
Two Cents 1980 145,671,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1980
Two Cents 1981 247,386,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
Two Cents 1982 121,870,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1982
Two Cents 1983 177,307,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1983
Two Cents 1984 58,024,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1984
Two Cents 1985 32,600,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1985
Two Cents 1986 (mint sets only) 247,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1986
Two Cents 1987 (mint sets only) 270,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1987
Two Cents 1988 29,011,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
Two Cents 1989 124,500,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989
Two Cents 1990 (mint sets only) 156,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1990
Two Cents 1991 (mint sets only) 189,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1991
Two Cents 2006 (mint sets only) 84,407 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) 6,500 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern 7,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Two Cents 2011 (Silver) 6,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Two Cents 2012 (Gold) 2,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Two Cents 2016 (mint sets only) 10,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
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Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTwo Cents (NCLT)
Issued2006
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Cent)
CurrentNo
Mintage6,500
MaterialBronze
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)21.5900
Mass (g)5.2000
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Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 63a