Australian 20 Cent Coins: 2001 Centenary of Federation State Series Australian Capital Territory 20c

November 27, 2010

2001 Centenary of Federation 20c Australian Capital Territory

Commemorating the Centenary of Federation in 2001 the ACT coin seen above was issued into circulation. It is the 20 cent piece for the Australian Capital Territory, just one of 9 twenty cent coins in the State Series depicting each Australian State and self-governing Territory. A series of $1, 50c and 20c designs were released by the Royal Australian Mint commemorating 100 years since Australia's Federation in 1901.

The reverse design is by Year 7 student Stacy Jo-Ann Paine from Caroline Chisholm High School who was the winner of the Royal Australian Mint's student design competition for her state/territory. This was a national competition for primary and secondary school students to design a coin to represent their state or territory, the coins representing the vision and talent of Australia's youth. Stacy wanted her design to include as many Canberra icons and federation symbols as possible and came up with a computer generated design for her entry. It depicts the flagpole at Parliament house surrounded by a map of the Territory, the Federation Star, a Royal Bluebell and a bunch of Canberra Federation Roses (a special ACT floral emblem for the Centenary of Federation Year 2001). Her initial's SJP have also been included on the design. The obverse is the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

The coin weighs 11.30 grams and is 28.52mm in diameter. It is made form Cupro Nickel, 75% copper and 25% Nickel.

2,100,000 of these coins were issued into circulation but many of these have been put aside by collectors so it's not that common to find one in your change.

14,714 uncirculated coins were issued in 3 coin sets
21,145 uncirculated coins were issued to complete 21,040 20 coin sets

5,516 proof coins were issued in 3 coin sets
10,244 proof coins were issued in complete 13,000 20 coin sets.

Posted by harrisk at November 27, 2010 7:41 AM
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