Australian 20c Coins 2005 60th Anniversary of the End of WWII Coming Home 20c

May 25, 2011

2005 Coming Home 20c

The "Coming Home" 20c features a young girl greeting her father on his return home from WWII. The design was modelled on a photograph from the Australian War Memorial and after a nationwide search it was found that the young girl in the design is Jaquie Dowling and her mother Lorna greeting Private William Leslie Darcy, an Ex Prisoner of War on his return home in 1945. War memorial historian Dr Peter Stanley worked closely with Royal Australian Mint engraver Vladimir Gottwald to bring this image to a circulating 20c coin. The reverse of the coin features Gottwald's stylised "G" below the "20".

This 20c coin was released in conjunction with a commemorative 50c and one dollar coin all into circulation during 2005 marking 60 years since the end of World War II. The obverse of these coins all feature the standard effigy of Queen Elizabeth II approved by Buckingham Palace by designer Ian Rank-Broadley.

This 20c is 11.30g and is 28.52mm in diameter with a fully reeded edge. It is made of Cupro-Nickel (75% copper and 25% nickel). 31,677,000 of these 20c were released into circulation and they can also be found in the mint and proof sets from 2005. Gold and silver versions also feature in the year precious metal sets.

Posted by harrisk at May 25, 2011 12:20 PM
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