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1995  Twenty Cent reverse 1995  Twenty Cent obverse

1995 Twenty Cent

Size:28mm Weight:11.31g Edge:Reeded Composition:75% Copper
25% Nickel


Sales History


The United Nations twenty cent was issued in 1995 to commemorate 50 years since the formation of the United Nations (UN). The organisation replaced the League of Nations and intended to provide a platform for communication between nations in an attempt to avoid further warfare.

The reverse was designed by Horst Hahne and shows the United Nations emblem with the legend "UNITED NATIONS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY", and the denomination 20 cents. The obverse features the traditional Raphael Maklouf portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing, crowned, with necklace and earrings. It features the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995".Almost 5 million pieces were struck making it slightly scarcer than typical issues of the era but certainly still readily obtainable in mint state. The Royal Australian Mint did not produce a proof or specimen strike instead opting for the regular issue for mint and proof sets, making it somewhat scarce in the higher mint state grades.

The United Nations was formed in 1945 and has become a symbol for human rights, humanitarian aid and peace. Since starting in 1945 it has grown from just 51 members to 193 today. Each time a conflict or natural disaster occurs it is common to see the distinctive white UN vehicles in attendance. In the event of interstate conflict the UN is often looked upon to act as the neutral mediator. The first Secretary-General of the UN was Trygve Lie from Norway. There are many different departments within the UN including UNESCO, which covers heritage sites; and UNICEF, which focuses on child welfare (United Nations, 2013) .

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