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A new effigy of the Queen appeared on the commemorative 50c coin issued on 17 March 2000 for the Queen’s visit to Australia. For the first time since 1936 a Royal effigy appears on an Australian coin designed by an Australian. Royal Australian Mint designer Vladimir Gottwald created the new effigy, which was specially approved by Buckingham Palace for this once only use.
This coin has been voted the best circulating coin of the year by the international minting community, in the annual Coin of the Year competition conducted by Krause Publications of the USA.
Since 1867, there have been over fifty visits by a member of the Royal Family to Australia, though only six of those came before 1954. Elizabeth II is the only reigning monarch of Australia to have set foot on Australian soil; she first did so on 3 February 1954. During her sixteen journeys the Queen has visited every Australian state and the two mainland territories.
Crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara, earrings from the Queen’s private collection and The King Faisal of Saudi Arabia Necklace.
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
Vladimir Gottwald also designed the reverse of this coin, featuring the Australian flag flying above Parliament House. Alongside the flag is St Edward’s Crown.