This twenty cent coin, featuring a design by an Australian student, was released by the Royal Australian
Mint in 2001 as part of their extensive program celebrating the Centenary of Federation. The
reverse was design by student Megan Cummings from Norfolk Island Central School. It features various images that
are iconic or representative of the island; the sun, a fish, HMS Sirus, and a boat. The largest image is of the Norfolk Pine
tree, which is overlaying an outline of the island. The students initials (MC) have also been integrated into the design
(see below). The
reads "NORFOLK ISLAND - 2001" and "100 YEARS OF FEDERATION" curves around the outside. The
obverse features the standard Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the
"ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001".
Artist Megan Cummings initials (MC) on the 2001 Proof (Norfolk Island) Twenty Cent piece.
The coin was issued as both a business strike and a
strike and was included in two sets issued throughout the year: the Norfolk Island Three Coin Set and the 20 coin Centenary
of Federation Collection. There were two versions of each of these sets released:
and uncirculated. Accompanying this coin in the Norfolk
Island Three Coin Set was the one dollar coin, bearing the logo of the Centenary of Federation. Also included was a fifty
cent coin bearing the coat of arms of Norfolk Island. In total, there were nine of the three coin sets issued with each one
paying tribute to a different state or territory that joined the Federation.
The outer packaging for this set is green, the state colour, with text reading NORFOLK ISLAND 2001 and STATE PROOF COIN
SET or STATE UNCIRCULATED COIN SET accordingly. The 20 Coin Centenary of Federation Collection includes all nine of the twenty
cent coins featuring the designs of school children and all nine of the fifty cents coins bearing the coat of arms of each
state and territory. The set was completed with the One Dollar Centenary of Federation and the Fifty Cent Centenary of Federation
bearing the coat of arms of the Commonwealth of Australia. A metallic-like fabric presentation case large enough to house
all twenty coins was issued along with the
coin set, whilst the uncirculated coins were presented
in an album on sealed information sheets. Text features on both styles of packaging included Centenary of Federations and
States and Territories 20 Coin collection.
(Royal Australian Mint, 2001)
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