Australian Commemorative Two Dollar Coin For Circulation

January 30, 2012

The first currency determination for 2012 for the Royal Australian Mint has been released today with one big surprise for collectors. To say I was shocked was an understatement but it seems a design has been approved by treasury to mint a commemorative $2 coin design for circulation!

The theme is Remembrance Day so it seems we won't see this release until later in the year. The reverse design repeating "REMEMBRANCE DAY" in 11 rows with a central circle of "LEST WE FORGET". The design including a coloured representation of a poppy flower in the foreground and 2 other representations of poppy flowers inscribed "2 DOLLARS" and REMEMBRANCE". The obverse the standard Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen with "AUSTRALIA" and "2012".

Specifications of this coin appear identical to our Aboriginal Elder standard $2 composed of copper, aluminium and nickel and weighing 6.6g with a diameter of 20.62mm. The explanatory statement also reads "Circulating Coin".

This will be our first commemorative $2 coin designed by RAM designer Aaron Baggio and a first coloured coin into circulation. The Canadians have done it before, now it's Australia's turn.

Posted by harrisk at January 30, 2012 5:48 PM
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