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United Nations

1995 - 98

The United Nations twenty cent was issued in 1995 to commemorate 50 years since the formation of the United Nations (UN). It was the first commemorative twenty cent piece to be issued into circulation in Australia.The coin was re-issued in 1998 as a silver proof as part of the Masterpieces in Silver collection.

The reverse was designed by Horst Hahne and shows the United Nations emblem with the legend "UNITED NATIONS FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY", and the denomination 20 cents. Horst Hahne's initials (HH) can be found below the wreath and above the denomination on both sides (see below). The obverse features the traditional Raphael Maklouf portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing, crowned, with necklace and earrings. It features the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995" (on the original business strike).

The United Nations was formed in 1945 and has become a symbol for human rights, humanitarian aid and peace. Since starting in 1945 it has grown from just 51 members to 193 today. Each time a conflict or natural disaster occurs it is common to see the distinctive white UN vehicles in attendance. In the event of interstate conflict the UN is often looked upon to act as the neutral mediator. The first Secretary-General of the UN was Trygve Lie from Norway. There are many different departments within the UN including UNESCO, which covers heritage sites; and UNICEF, which focuses on child welfare.

Initials of designer Horst Hanhe (HH) on the 1998 Silver Proof Twenty Cent (United Nations).

The tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coin

Type II1995Type III1998
 MintageMS63MS64MS65MS66MS671995 4,835,000232830430820 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1998 Silver Proof15,0002931323347100Values 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.