This twenty cent piece was released by the Royal Australian
The coin was included in two sets issued throughout the year - the Victorian three coin set, and the twenty coin Centenary of Federation collection. Each set was issued in both proof and uncirculated varieties.
The British first settled in Victoria in 1834 and in 1851 the colony of Victoria separated from the colony of New South Wales. (Museum of Australian Democracy, 2017) At the same time gold was discovered and the states population exploded with immigrants seeking their fortunes in the Victorian goldfields. In 1889 the premier of New South Wales, Henry Parkes, proposed the creation of a united Australian government. A number of Victorian organisations and leaders supported the idea - most prominent among them was the Australian Natives Association (ANA) and Bendigo's John Quick. Quick proved to be a indispensable advocate for Federation and was knighted for his efforts. (Michele Maslunka, 1988) In 1898 Victoria (along with New South Wales, Tasmania, and South Australia) voted on whether or not to accept the newly drafted Australian Constitution. Victoria voted in favour of the constitution and on the 1st of January 1901 the new Australian federation was established. The first Commonwealth Parliament was held in the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. Federal Parliament was then moved to the Victorian state government's Parliament House where it met until it was moved to Canberra in 1927.
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