Information about effigy: Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald

Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald
Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit

In 1996 the Royal Australian Mint was invited to submit designs for an update to the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse of Commonwealth coinage. The RAM's in-house designer at the time Vladimir Gottwald submitted his design and was among the final three viewed by the Queen herself for approval. Although the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy was finally chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a one time striking on the Australian 2000 Royal Visit 50 cent coin.

With this minting, Vladimir Gottwald became the first Australian designer since Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal KCVO RA, who sculpted the 1910-1936 effigy of King George V, to have his work on the obverse of an Australian coin.

The same Vladimir Gottwald obverse was later used also on all the coins in the 2010 gold year set commemorating 10 years since this obverse was used, and on later non-circulating coins.

This portrait depicts Her Majesty wearing 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 Rank-Broadley portraits, and the King Faisal of Saudi Arabia Necklace.

Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald - Example/s on coins
Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit

Royal Visit 50c with special portrait

Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit

The portrait was initially only used on the 2000 Royal Visit circulating commemorative 50 cents.

Australia / One Dollar 2019 Gottwald Portrait

Non-circulating $1

Australia / One Dollar 2019 Gottwald Portrait

In later years, the portrait was re-issued on some non-circulating coins made for collectors.

Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald - showing 9 of 9 coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 5,100,000
Twenty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) Australia / Twenty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) - reverse photo Australia / Twenty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 500
One Dollar 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 500
Two Dollars 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 500
Ten Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) Australia / Ten Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) - reverse photo Australia / Ten Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 500
Five Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) Australia / Five Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) - reverse photo Australia / Five Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) - obverse photo Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 500
Fifty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) Material: 0.9999 Gold
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 500
Fifty Cents 2019, Gottwald Portrait Australia / Fifty Cents 2019, Gottwald Portrait - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2019, Gottwald Portrait - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 20,000
One Dollar 2019 Gottwald Portrait Australia / One Dollar 2019 Gottwald Portrait - reverse photo Australia / One Dollar 2019 Gottwald Portrait - obverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 20,000
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