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 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.