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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 Western Australia in the Australian federation. The reverse was designed by Joseph Neve, from Bellington High School in New South Wales. The design is minimalist, featuring an outline of New South Wales and, within that, the State's floral emblem, the waratah. The dates 1901 - 2001 can be seen at the very top and below is the legend CENTENARY OF FEDERATION and the denomination 20. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001.

Initials of designer Joseph Neve (JKN) on the 2001 Proof (New South Wales) Twenty Cent.

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

New South Wales was the first Australian colony with its original borders including what is now Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and Queensland.(Museum of Australian Democracy, 2017) Each of these areas would become separate colonies at some stage but NSW remained the most populous colony. The governance of NSW was at first through a British governor before, in 1855, the colony was provided with a constitution and parliament. After many years of debate the colony held a vote in 1898 to determine if they would accept an Australian Constitution - creating the Australian federation. The first vote failed with the required quota failing before, in 1899, a second vote was successful. On the 1st of January 1901 the new Australian federation was established - with New South Wales as a key member.

A coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationA coin which has not been circulatedThe tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coinRoyal Australian Mint, 2001a facility that produces coinsMuseum of Australian Democracy, 2017

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692001 2,038,6333.305.608.202024283966330 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2001 Proof22,923263137455498Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.