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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 Victoria in the Australian federation. The reverse was designed by students and friends Ryan Douglass Ladd and Mark Aaron Kennedy, from Lara Primary School. Their design features the Royal Exhibition Building which housed the first sitting of Federal Parliament in 1901. Curving around the building is the states floral emblem - the common heath. The legend 'Centenary of Federation' and '1901 - 2001' curves around the top and the denomination '20 CENTS' overlays the design. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley image of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the surrounding legend reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001.

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

The British first settled in Victoria in 1834 and in 1851 the colony of Victoria separated from the colony of New South Wales.(Museum of Australian Democracy, 2017) At the same time gold was discovered and the states population exploded with immigrants seeking their fortunes in the Victorian goldfields. In 1889 the premier of New South Wales, Henry Parkes, proposed the creation of a united Australian government. A number of Victorian organisations and leaders supported the idea - most prominent among them was the Australian Natives Association (ANA) and Bendigo's John Quick. Quick proved to be a indispensable advocate for Federation and was knighted for his efforts.(Michele Maslunka, 1988) In 1898 Victoria (along with New South Wales, Tasmania, and South Australia) voted on whether or not to accept the newly drafted Australian Constitution. Victoria voted in favour of the constitution and on the 1st of January 1901 the new Australian federation was established. The first Commonwealth Parliament was held in the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. Federal Parliament was then moved to the Victorian state government's Parliament House where it met until it was moved to Canberra in 1927.

a facility that produces coinsThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coinA coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationMuseum of Australian Democracy, 2017Michele Maslunka, 1988

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692001 2,033,14226282932324260250940 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2001 Proof15,924464647484983Values 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.