The $2 Coin Alternatives

March 22, 2011

Alternative Designs for the $2 Coin

The recent release of the 1966 Heritage Set has sparked interest in coin designs that could have been. The heritage set included resin replicas of alternate designs for decimal currency when Australia first changed from pounds, shillings and pence on February 14th 1966.

When decimal currency was first introduced Australia had a paper $2 note. It wasn't until June 20th 1988 that it was replaced with a 2 dollar coin. A coin would have a longer circulation life than the old paper notes.

There was much consideration because the new coin had to be serviceable and recognisable by the public. Many sizes, shapes, thicknesses and compositions were considered as well as a design that was going to complement Stuart Devlin's designs already in circulation.

Just two of the designs considered for the new $2 coin can be seen above.

Posted by harrisk at March 22, 2011 12:11 PM
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