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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 Queensland in the Australian Federation. The reverse was designed by student Jenifer Gray from Ingham State High School. The design is based on the theme of a clock and tells the history of Australia. The two hands of the clock point to the important dates of 1901 and 2001. Images around the clock include a gecko, foot prints becoming shoe prints, and a chipboard representing the future. The student's initials JG have also been integrated into the design. The denomination 20 is large and central, overlaying the design. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the surrounding legend reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001.

Initials of designer Jenifer Gray (JG) on the 2001 Proof (Queensland) Twenty Cent piece.

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

The penal settlement in Brisbane was established in 1825 as part of the British colony of New South Wales.(Museum of Australian Democracy, 2017) The settlement was closed in 1839 and was prepared for permanent settlement. In 1859 Queensland was established as a seperate self-governing colony. The colony developed quickly with the towns of Ipswich, Rockhampton, Maryborough, and Warwick being established in 1860 and 1861.(Queensland Government, 2017) In 1889 the premier of New South Wales, Henry Parks, proposed the creation of a united Australian government. Queensland was divided on the matter of Federation failing to participate in the Australasian Federal Conventions which drafted a final Australian Constitution. The colony's parliament only agreed to a referendum on joining the Federation after it became clear that New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia would be federating - regardless of Western Australia or Queensland's decision. The referendum was held in 1899 with the colony deciding to join the federation with the narrowest margin of any Australian colonies. On the 1st of January 1901 the new Australian federation was founded with Queensland a state.

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 heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinRoyal Australian Mint, 2001a facility that produces coinsQueensland Government, 2017Museum of Australian Democracy, 2017

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692001 2,353,2403335374142434884310 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2001 Proof15,9105355565758100Values 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.