• 20 Cents 1985-1998, KM# 82, Australia, Elizabeth II
  • 20 Cents 1985-1998, KM# 82, Australia, Elizabeth II
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 1998
RDM

Reverse

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and the numeral 20.

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), also known as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. The animal is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record. The unique features of the platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognisable and iconic symbol of Australia.

Engraver: Stuart Devlin

20
SD

Edge

20 Cents

3rd portrait
KM# 82
Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 11.3 g
Diameter 28.65 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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