• 5 Cents 1985-1998, KM# 80, Australia, Elizabeth II
  • 5 Cents 1985-1998, KM# 80, Australia, Elizabeth II
Obverse

The third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewellery has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
RDM

Reverse

Short-beaked echidna and denomination in cents. Engraver's mark below.

The short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is one of four living species of echidna and the only member of the genus Tachyglossus. It is covered in fur and spines and has a distinctive snout and a specialized tongue, which it uses to catch its insect prey at a great speed. Like the other extant monotremes, the short-beaked echidna lays eggs; the monotremes are the only group of mammals to do so. The species is found throughout Australia, where it is the most widespread native mammal.

Engraver: Stuart Devlin

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Edge

5 Cents

3rd portrait
KM# 80
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Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 19.25 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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