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Some of us enjoy collecting vinyl albums while others enjoy collecting ugly Christmas sweaters – whatever your hobby, collecting items is a private pursuit but it can be quite demanding, especially if the item in question is unique. If you are a collector of currency, you’ll understand why adding a new coin or note to your compilation is so satisfying.

Today, people are looking for items that will hold their value, which is why there has been a resurgence of collecting the Australian 2 dollar coin. The two dollar coin can tell us a lot about our history, as over the years the coins are issued during important political, historical, or cultural changes.

What types of designs are on the Australian 2 dollar coin?

Since the 20th of June 1988, there have been 12 variations of this particular Australian coin. The first coin depicts a side portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one surface, and on the reverse, is a side portrait of an Aboriginal elder with the Southern Cross and native grasstree.

While Queen Elizabeth II is always featured, in 2012, the other side included a poppy flower with the words “Lest we Forget” with “Remembrance Day” in the background of the coin. Along with this coin, was an identical feature but the centre poppy was painted red with a black centre.

In 2013, the coin featured a purple circle to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In 2014, a 2 dollar coin featured two circles in the middle of the coin and a dove in the centre, to commemorate 100 years of Anzac Day. Other coins over the years have included variations of the commemorations of the Rio Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games.

Whether you are an avid collector or want to start today, shop online on eBay for the biggest range of Australian notes and coins. Search by denomination and bid on a coin you’ve had your eye on, or buy outright to complete your collection.

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