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Australia Ashes

2011  Twenty Cent reverse 2011  Twenty Cent obverse

2011 Twenty Cent

Reverse Designer:Wojciech Pietranik Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:28mm Weight:11.31g Edge:Reeded Composition:75% Copper
25% Nickel


Sales History


This Ashes commemorative coin was issued to celebrate the cricket test match series between England and Australia, known as the Ashes. The reverse was designed by Wojciech Pietranik and makes the coin look just like a cricket ball with the seam showing. At the base is the Ashes logo with a British lion and an Australian Kangaroo either side of the Ashes trophy. Surrounding this is the legend TWENTY CENTS THE ASHES. The obverse features an Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing and crowned. It also has the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011.

The Ashes is a biennially played Test cricket match between England and Australia. The series consists of five test matches which are played alternately in Australia and England. The even was named the ashes in 1882 when Australia won for the first time on English ground, a result that shocked both sides. As a result of the match the British newspaper The Times ran an article in the style of an obituary. It suggested that English Cricket had died, stating poetically that "The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." When England returned to Australia during the following tour it became a quest to regain these metaphorical ashes.Despite the term being widely recognised and understood both in England and Australia, it didn't really take off as the official name of the series until the early 1900's when George Giffen used the term in his memoirs and Pelham Warner captained a team that were once again promising to regain the ashes. Although there isn't an official trophy for the series, players often lift an urn in celebration of their win. This urn is a replica of one that was given during that 1883 tour of Australia when England first began their mission to regain the ashes after their initial defeat. The urn was jovially given by a group of Melbourne women to the England captain at the time Ivo Bligh. On his death, Bligh's wife presented the Urn to the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum, where it remains today. The contents of the urn are thought to be a cricket bail.

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