Australian Twenty Cents

Between 1966 and 1984 the obverse portrait shows a young profile of Queen Elizabeth designed by Arnold Machin. In 1985, this was replaced by a new effigy with a more pronounced crown, designed by Raphael Maklouf. A mature portrait of the Queen, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, was introduced in 1999.

Click for 1966 - 1984 Australian Twenty Cents Click for 1985 - 1998 Australian Twenty Cents Click for 1999 - Present Australian Twenty Cents



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Stuart Devlin's reverse design depicts a platypus, an egg-laying monotreme which has a duck-like bill, fur and webbed feet. Platylus' are found in and near streams and ponds in Tasmania and on the eastern mainland of Australia. The design shows an active, swimming platypus with the number 20, in figures 9mm high, superimposed on water ripples in the top right quadrant. The designer's initials, SD, which appear just outside the animal's right flipper, are not discernable on some dates.

Mint Rolls contain 20 coins. In later years, strong plastic bags containing $100 (500 coins) were more commonly used for transport.

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