Two Dollars 1997, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Two Dollars 1997, Coin from Australia
CoinTwo Dollars 1997

The two dollar coin denomination (written as $2) was introduced on 20 June 1988, when it replaced the banknote of the same value. The reverse design by Horst Hahne features a representation of the head and shoulders of a traditional Australian Aboriginal elder (hence the popular name for the coin type, the Aboriginal Elder), a representation of the Southern Cross and a representation of Australian flora. It was inspired by a drawing by Mr Ainslie Roberts depicting aboriginal man Gwoya Jungarai, hence the coin being listed as "Gwoya Jungarai" type in some recent catalogues.

Coins issued in 1997 have now been in circulation for 23 years.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage19,039,000 (19.0 million)
Obverse

Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a pearl necklace, facing right (effigy known as the "Third Portrait").

Incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Around, the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
Reverse
Australia / Two Dollars 1997 - reverse photo

The reverse design includes a representation of the head and shoulders of a traditional Australian Aboriginal (half-length figure of Aboriginal male, bare-chested, facing three-quarters right), a representation of the Southern Cross and a representation of Australian flora. To the right, in two lines, the value and denomination 2 DOLLARS.

Reverse Inscription 2 DOLLARS
EdgeMilled interrupted (20 notches in 4 sections)Edge InscriptionNone
Two Dollars 1997: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Two Dollars 1997: References to Information Used
All (50) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Two Dollars
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Dollars 1988 160,700,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
Two Dollars 1989 31,637,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989
Two Dollars 1990 10,330,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1990
Two Dollars 1991 (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1991
Two Dollars 1992 15,551,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1992
Two Dollars 1993 4,870,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1993
Two Dollars 1994 22,143,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1994
Two Dollars 1995 15,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995
Two Dollars 1996 13,909,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1996
Two Dollars 1997 19,039,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
Two Dollars 1998 8,719,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
Two Dollars 1999 27,300,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Two Dollars 2000 5,741,153 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
Two Dollars 2001 35,709,569 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Two Dollars 2002 29,847,062 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002
Two Dollars 2003 13,695,090 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
Two Dollars 2004 20,134,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
Two Dollars 2005 45,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Two Dollars 2006 40,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Two Dollars 2007 26,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007
Two Dollars 2008 47,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
Two Dollars 2009 74,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Two Dollars 2010 36,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Two Dollars 2011 1,800,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Two Dollars 2012 5,900,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Two Dollars 2012 Remembrance Day (Poppy) 6,300,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Two Dollars 2013 35,100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013
Two Dollars 2013 Coronation (Purple) 1,029,967 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013
Two Dollars 2014 39,900,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
Two Dollars 2014 Remembrance Day (Green) 1,883,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
Two Dollars 2015 22,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Two Dollars 2015 Remembrance Day (Red) 1,481,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Two Dollars 2015 Remembrance Day (Orange) 2,200,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Two Dollars 2016 35,770,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Blue 2,000,575 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Black 2,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Red 2,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Yellow 2,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Green 2,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Paralympic 2,199,449 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Changeover 2,981,888 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016 FIFTY YEARS
Two Dollars 2017 16,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Two Dollars 2017 Remembrance Day (Blue and Green) 2,100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Two Dollars 2018 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2019 (Fourth Portrait) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Two Dollars 2019 Repatriation (Black and Red) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Two Dollars 2019 Police Remembrance (Blue and White) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Two Dollars 2019 Wallabies (multi-colour) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Two Dollars 2019 (Fifth Portrait) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2019
Two Dollars 2020 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
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Two Dollars 1997: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTwo Dollars Aboriginal Elder
Issued1997
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage19,039,000 (19.0 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerHorst Hahne
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size20.500 mm
Thickness2.800 mm
Mass6.600 g
OCC IDLDBY-NKOD-DCNO-PQMG
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Two Dollars 1997: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 101