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

November 26, 2010

2001 Centenary of Federation 20c Western Australia

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

The reverse design is by Janice Ng, a Forrestfield Senior High School student who was the winner of the Royal Australian Mint's student design competition for her 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. Janice's design features the flower of the state's official floral emblem, the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw and the endangered Bilby against an outline of Western Australia. Her initial's JN 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.

2,400,000 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.

5,702 uncirculated coins were issued in 3 coin sets
11,527 uncirculated coins were issued to complete 21,040 20 coin sets

3,829 proof coins were issued in 3 coin sets
10,199 proof coins were issued in complete 13,000 20 coin sets.

Posted by harrisk at November 26, 2010 1:28 PM
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