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

November 25, 2010

2001 Centenary of Federation 20c Victoria

The 2001 20 cent coin for Victoria in the State Series commemorating the Centenary of Federation can be seen above and is also found in change. Just one in the State Series depicting each Australian State and Territory with 9 twenty cent coins in total being issued. A series of 50c coins were also released and a one dollar coin, all into circulation commemorating 100 years since the Federation of Australia.

The reverse design is by Ryan Douglas Ladd and Mark Aaron Kennedy, Lara Lake Primary School students who were the winners of the Royal Australian Mint's student design competition for their state. This was a national competition for primary and secondary school students to design a coin to represent their state or territory, the coin representing the vision and talent of Australia's youth. Their design features Melbourne's Royal Exhibition building which is significant as the location of the first sitting of Federal Parliament in 1901. It is surrounded by Victoria's floral emblem Common Heath. The boys' initial's RDL and MAK 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.

2,900,000 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.

14,499 uncirculated coins were issued in 3 coin sets
18,643 uncirculated coins were issued to complete 21,040 20 coin sets

5,777 proof coins were issued in 3 coin sets
10,147 proof coins were issued in complete 13,000 20 coin sets.

Posted by harrisk at November 25, 2010 8:29 AM
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