Australian coins set to get new image of the Queen

AUSTRALIA’s gold and silver coins are set to get a royal makeover in celebration of the Queen’s 92nd birthday.

The federal government today announced the country will adopt a new portrait of Her Majesty on all of its circulating and collector coins.

The Queen will be shown wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem, which she donned during her Coronation, and will continue to face to the right of the coin.


The new effigy was designed by UK Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark and has been in use in the UK since 2015.

It’ll be only the sixth effigy of the Queen to feature on our coins since Her Majesty’s accession to the throne in 1952.

Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar welcomed the change and said the government was upholding the tradition of updating Her Majesty’s image.

“This new effigy will replace the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy which has been in use since 1998,” he said.

(From left to right) 1959; 1966; 1985; 1999; 2000 | Source: Supplied

Australians can expect to start seeing the new effigy on 2019-dated coins.

“It may take some time before these coins appear in people’s change as the new coins will be distributed through banks across Australia as a first priority,” Mr Sukkar said.

Coins bearing previous effigies of Her Majesty will not be removed from circulation and will continue to be legal tender.

The first effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appeared on Australia’s coins in 1959 | Source: Supplied