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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.

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 2,015,634252627293440662701,000 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2001 Proof12,9946465666870280Values 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.