Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern, Coin from Australia
CoinTwo Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern

In May 2009, the Perth mint released a proof coin set based on Andor Mészáros 1966 decimal currency designs.

The tribute set contains five coins which reproduce the reverse designs submitted by Andor Mészáros for the low-denomination coins, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent, in Australia's first issue of decimal currency in 1966. The obverse of the coins was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The coins in this set are proof quality silver. They were created using plasters supplied by the Mészáros family.

Mészáros was a prominent sculptor and medal artist based in Melbourne. As part of the project to introduce decimal currency to Australia, the Advisory Panel on Coin Design commissioned six artists, including Mészáros, to submit reverse designs for the new coins. Andor's designs included Australian flora (wattle and waratah) and fauna (platypus, yabbie, kookaburra, snake and black swan). The successful artist was Stuart Devlin, a Geelong-born gold and silversmith, later based in England.

This set highlights the artistic endeavours involved in the development of decimal currency, which was a major event in Australia's numismatic history.

Mass: 5.53 g. Diameter: 21.6 mm. Composition: 0.999 silver (0.1776 oz. ASW).

MintPerth Mint Mintage7,500
Obverse

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). 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 Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009.

The effigy of the Queen is smaller than on regular coins.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Reverse

Wattle flowers and leaves. The numeral 2 superimposed. Artists initial's AM and symbol at lower left.

Reverse Inscription 2
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern: References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Perth Mint 2016 Mint link
Perth Mint 2016 Mintage link
All (32) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Two Cents
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 2009 Decimal Pattern: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTwo Cents (NCLT)
Issued2009
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Cent)
Mintage7,500
CurrentNo
MaterialBronze
DesignerAndor Mészáros
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)21.5900
Mass (g)5.2000
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Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 1250