Description

The Australian 2 dollar coin is the highest-denomination coin of the Australian dollar. It was first issued on 20 June 1988, having been in planning since the mid-1970s. It replaced the Australian two-dollar note due to having a longer circulatory life.

Obverse

Third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem.

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 1988
RDM

Reverse

An Aboriginal Elder, inspired by an Ainslie Roberts drawing of Gwoya Jungarai, known as One Pound Jimmy. However, the design is not intended to depict any person in particular. The design also incorporates the Southern Cross and native grasstrees.

The engraver's initials HH were removed from the design from 1990 onwards.

Engraver: Horst Hahne

2
DOLLARS

Edge

Smooth with 4 short reeded segments (5 grooves each).

2 Dollars

3rd portrait
KM# 101 Schön# 72
Characteristics
Material Aluminium Bronze
Weight 6.6 g
Diameter 20.5 mm
Thickness 3.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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