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2001 Proof Twenty Cent reverse 2001 Proof Twenty Cent obverse

2001 Proof Twenty Cent

Mintage:12,994
Reverse Designer:A. MacDonald Obverse Designer:Ian-Rank Broadley Size:28.5mm Weight:11.31g Edge:Reeded Composition:75% Copper
25% Nickel

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This twenty cent piece was released by the Royal Australian Mint in 2001 as part of their extensive program celebrating the Centenary of Federation. The piece commemorates the inclusion of Tasmania in the Australian Federation. The reverse was designed by student Abbey Macdonald from Launceston Church Grammar School in Tasmania. The design features an outline of the map of Tasmania and within it stands the thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, a dog-like animal once native to Tasmania and now extinct. The students initials AMc have also been integrated into the design in the top right corner of the map. The legend Centenary of Federation and TASMANIA curves around the outside and the denomination 20 CENTS overlays the design. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with a surrounding legend which reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001.

The coin was included in two sets issued throughout the year - the Tasmanian three coin set, and the twenty coin Centenary of Federation collection. Each set was issued in both proof and uncirculated varieties.

The penal settlement of Hobart was established in 1803. At this stage the island of Tasmania was part of the colony of New South Wales. (Museum of Australian Democracy, 2017) Initially the colony was managed by a British appointed governor but in 1856 Tasmania was granted self-government. In 1889 the premier of New South Wales, Henry Parks, proposed the creation of a united Australian government. In 1898 Tasmania (along with New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria) voted on whether or not to accept the newly drafted Australian Constitution. Tasmania voted in favour of the constitution and on the 1st of January 1901 the new Australian federation was established with Tasmania as a founding member.

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