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1998 Silver Proof Twenty Cent reverse 1998 Silver Proof Twenty Cent obverse

1998 Silver Proof Twenty Cent

Reverse Designer:Horst Hahne Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:29mm Weight:13.36g Edge:Reeded Composition:92.5% Silver
7.5% Copper


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The United Nations silver proof twenty cent was issued in 1998 as part of the Masterpieces in Silver collection. The coin was a re-issue of the 1995 United Nations twenty cent piece that was issued 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 1998".

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.

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