The Royal Australian Mint will begin phasing out the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2019. The end of an era for Australian currency, the Ian Rank-Broadley design has been proudly included on the obverse of Australia’s coin currency since 1998, and was the fifth effigy of the Queen to be featured.
Ian Rank-Broadley and his effigy design, highly regarded for its realism, joins an alumnus of previous effigy artists including Mary Gillick, Arnold Machin OBE RA, Raphael Maklouf, and Vladimir Gottwald.
In September 2018, the sixth effigy to appear on Australian currency was unveiled. The new Commonwealth design by Jody Clark will begin its gradual transition onto Australian coinage in 2019 and continue into 2020.
To commemorate the conclusion of the fifth effigy by Ian Rank-Broadley, the Mint has produced a limited mintage of 2019 Six Coin Proof Sets in gold and fine silver.
Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance, Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja says the last Ian Rank-Broadley effigies sets will herald the end of an era, whilst celebrating an innovative time in Australian numismatics.
“Since Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy first graced Australian coins over 20 years ago, there has been significant development in coin production by the Mint, including the exciting introduction of 3D modeling software for coin design and the first release of color printed coins.”
The Last of the Ian Rank-Broadley Effigy 2019 Gold Proof Six Coin Set is limited to a mintage of 50 sets and retails for $9,995.00 AUD (about $7,097 USD). The Last of the Ian Rank-Broadley Effigy 2019 Fine Silver Proof Six Coin Set is limited to a mintage of 1,000 sets and retails for $350.00 AUD (about $249 USD).
Struck to the Mint’s world-class proof finish, each coin set is displayed in an exquisite presentation case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The coins can be purchased from the Mint’s online store or by phoning 1300 652 020.