Obverse

Second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara was a wedding present in 1947 from her grandmother, Queen Mary, who received it as a gift from the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland in 1893 on the occasion of her marriage to the Duke of York, later George V. Made by E. Wolfe & Co., it was purchased from Garrard & Co. by a committee organised by Lady Eve Greville. In 1914, Mary adapted the tiara to take 13 diamonds in place of the large oriental pearls surmounting the tiara. At first, Elizabeth wore the tiara without its base and pearls but the base was reattached in 1969. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara is one of Elizabeth's most recognisable pieces of jewellery due to its widespread use on British banknotes and coinage.

Engraver: Arnold Machin

ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1984

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.

1966 varieties:
- Royal Mint: a long spine on the right shoulder of the Echidna.
- Royal Australian Mint: a short spine on the right shoulder of the Echidna.

Engraver: Stuart Devlin

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Edge

5 Cents

2nd portrait
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Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 19.4 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mints
Royal Australian Mint (RAM)
Royal Canadian Mint (RCM)
Royal Mint

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