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Coin: Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait)
Description

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 Together with coins of the one cent denomination, it was withdrawn from circulation in February 1992.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).

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value2 (x Cent) TypeTwo Cents (NCLT)
Year2006 CurrentNo
Mintage6,500 (6500)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 6,500 (6500)
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 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 inscription2
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 63a
Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Mint
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Mintage
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List of all (32) 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) Two Cents 2016 (mint sets only)