Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War, Coin from Australia
CoinTwo Dollars 2023 Vietnam War

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 coloured two dollar coin marks the 50th Anniversary of the end of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.

The mint says about it:
Some 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam. More than 500 lost their lives, many more were wounded. It was Australia’s largest military commitment in the second half of the twentieth century, and one of the country’s most divisive episodes. This commemorative coin remembers the Vietnam War for the loss of life and the toll it took on those who served, and for the impact it had on Australia through a turbulent decade.

These coins are Non-Circulating Legal Tender (collector issue). No coins of this type have been released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage80,000
Obverse
Australia / Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide but "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, where the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald was fifth).

The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen mother) in 1937.

Unlike on British coinage, the effigy is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders) and extends almost to the rim of the coin; consequently, the legend does not run continuously around the rim.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in tiny letters below left.

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023.

The legend is interrupted by the "memorial" inclusion of the dates of the Queen's reign, 1952 - 2022.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Reverse
Australia / Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts at its centre a military helicopter. Surrounding the centre is a multi-coloured band representing medal ribbons.

Around above, the inscription VIETNAM WAR.

Around below, surrounded by two small seven-pointed Australian Federation stars, the face value and denomination 2 DOLLARS.

Between the S in DOLLARS and one of the stars, the C (for Canberra) mint mark of the Royal Australian Mint; this is normally used on commemorative coins only - regular circulation coins made by the mint do not have a mint mark.

Reverse Inscription VIETNAM WAR * 2 DOLLARS *
EdgeMilled interrupted (20 notches in 4 sections)Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in blister card.
RAM Product Code: 11174.
Date of issue: 6 April 2023.
Issue price: AU$ 15.00.

The coins were issued during the reign of King Charles III; however, as his effigy was not expected to be approved for use in Australia until late in the year, they feature a "memorial" obverse with the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the dates of her reign, 1952 - 2022.

Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War: Known varieties
Variety Silver Proof
Images Australia / Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War / Silver Proof - obverse photo Australia / Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War / Silver Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 5,000
Material0.999 Silver
Details

8.55 g of 99.9% silver. In black presentation box with a themed shipper.

RAM Product Code: 11175. Issue date: 6 April 2023. Issue price: AU$ 80.00.

All (36) coins of type: Two Dollars, NCLT
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Dollars 1999 (Silver, Sovereign) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Two Dollars 2000 (Silver, Queen Victoria) 10,412 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · TWO DOLLARS ·
Two Dollars 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) 5,829 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Two Dollars 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Two Dollars 2018 Third Portrait 31,438 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Remembrance Day (Poppy) 58,900 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Coronation (Purple) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Remembrance Day (Green) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Lest We Forget (Red) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Remembrance Day (Orange) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Changeover 31,438 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018 · FIFTY YEARS ·
Two Dollars 2018 Lest We Forget (Coloured Mosaic) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2018 Remembrance Day (Blue and Green) 29,450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Two Dollars 2020 Tooth Fairy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Two Dollars 2021 Tooth Fairy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Two Dollars 2022 Tooth Fairy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Two Dollars 2022 Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Two Dollars 2022 Remembrance Day (Red Poppy) 60,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Two Dollars 2023 Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Tooth Fairy unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War 80,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Remembrance Day (Poppy) 70,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Remembrance Day (Green) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Lest We Forget (Red) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Remembrance Day (Orange) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Lest We Forget (Coloured Mosaic) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Remembrance Day (Blue and Green) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Eternal Flame (Coloured) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Invictus Games 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Firefighters (Orange) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 2 DOLLARS ·
Two Dollars 2023 Indigenous Military Service (Coloured) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 2 DOLLARS ·
Two Dollars 2023 Australian Ambulance Services (Green) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 2 DOLLARS ·
Two Dollars 2023 Frontline Workers (Grey) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2023 Honey Bee (Orange) 35,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Two Dollars 2024 Baby unknown King Charles III - Portrait by Dan Thorne CHARLES III · AUSTRALIA 2024
Two Dollars 2024 Tooth Fairy unknown King Charles III - Portrait by Dan Thorne CHARLES III · AUSTRALIA 2024
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Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTwo Dollars, NCLT
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage80,000
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size20.6200 mm
Thickness2.8000 mm
Mass6.6000 g
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-WNRY-EPQM
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Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War: Photo Vietnam War Silver Proof - 50th Anniversary of the end of Australia's involvement / thumbnail Vietnam War Silver Proof - 50th Anniversary of the end of Australia's involvement
Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
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Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War: Photo Vietnam War Silver Proof - 50th Anniversary of the end of Australia's involvement / thumbnail Vietnam War Silver Proof - 50th Anniversary of the end of Australia's involvement
Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
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Two Dollars 2023 Vietnam War: Photo Vietnam War Silver Proof - 50th Anniversary of the end of Australia's involvement / thumbnail Vietnam War Silver Proof - 50th Anniversary of the end of Australia's involvement
Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
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