Two Dollars 2000 (Silver, Queen Victoria), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Two Dollars 2000 (Silver, Queen Victoria), Coin from Australia
CoinTwo Dollars 2000 (Silver, Queen Victoria)

The two dollar coin denomination (written as $2) was introduced in Australia in 1988, replacing the earlier banknotes. The original reverse design by Horst Hahne on circulating coins has not been changed since its introduction. The denomination is also often used to issue circulating commemorative coins with various reverses.

Apart from the circulating coinage, both the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint have extensive programs issuing $2 coins for collectors (Non-Circulating Legal Tender, or NCLT), such as this one.

This coin was part of the 5-coin set Matserpieces in Silver 2000 - Coins of the 20th Century - Monarchs. The set depicts five monarchs whose effigies have circulated on Australian currency during the 20th Century. The set contains:

2 Dollars with Queen Victoria (this coin)
20 Cents with King Edward VII
20 Cents with King George V
50 Cents with King George VI
20 Cents with Queen Elizabeth II - Mary Gillick effigy

All of these coins have the Fourth Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley on the obverse - which also shows the value and denomination; on the other side, they have a historic obverse depicting one of the monarchs and carrying his/her legend, in Latin language as was the practice on pre-decimal coins. Thus, they have the curious appearance of having two obverses, although technically speaking the "historic" side is a commemorative reverse in this case.

Actual mintage of the set was 10,412 from an initially announced limit of 15,000.

The coins are made of 99.9% silver and were issued in Proof FDC grade only. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Mintage10,412
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 above the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000. Around below, · TWO DOLLARS ·

Note that the value and denomination are on the obverse.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Reverse

Crowned bust of Queen Victoria facing left and wearing a veil - her last official effigy (by Sir Thomas Brock), known also as the Veiled Head or Old Head.

The veil of a widow falls over the back of her crown; she wears a pearl necklace and a pendant; on the left lapel of the mantle, exhibited full-face, is the ribbon and Star of the Garter, part of the outer edge of which is covered by the veil.

In the field below the bust in small letters, are the artist's initials T.B..

Around, the monarch's legend: VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·. Translated from Latin: Victoria, by the Grace of God, of the Britains Queen, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India.

Reverse Inscription VICTORIA · DEI · GRA · BRITT · REGINA · FID · DEF · IND · IMP ·
EdgeMilled interrupted (20 notches in 4 sections)Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

Queen Victoria ruled the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901.

Strictly speaking, her effigy was never displayed on "proper" Australian coinage, as Australia was only federated in 1910.

However, there were local gold sovereign and half sovereign issues in her name in the colony of New South Wales, as well as Imperial gold sovereigns struck by the three local branches of the Royal Mint (Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint) after the local issues were discontinued. These coins remained in circulation in Australia after 1910, since the Australian Pound had no equivalent coin denominations to replace them.

According to the Royal Australian Mint, this coin represents a 1901 Sovereign; its obverse was duplicated from an example minted by the Sydney Mint which is in the possession of the National Collection of Australia.

The issue price of the 5-coin set was A$139.00.

Two Dollars 2000 (Silver, Queen Victoria): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Australian Mint 1 November 2000 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 1 November 2000 Mintage link
Royal Australian Mint 1 November 2000 Composition link
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Two Dollars 2000 (Silver, Queen Victoria): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTwo Dollars (NCLT)
Issued2000
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Mintage10,412
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerThomas Brock
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)20.5000
Thickness (mm)2.8000
Mass (g)8.5500
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Two Dollars 2000 (Silver, Queen Victoria): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 500