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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Banjo Paterson Silver Proof

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Banjo Paterson) Silver Proof -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Banjo Paterson) Silver Proof -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1995
Value 1 Dollar
AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 11.49 g
Diameter 25.12 mm
Thickness 2.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 269a.1
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Banjo Paterson

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995
RDM

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Stylised image of the Jolly Swagman from the song Waltzing Matilda, replete with a swag and walking stick, dressed roughly

Lettering:
DOLLAR
Waltzing Matilda
1895 1995
A.B."BANJO" PATERSON

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

Version 1 - 7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)
Version 2 - Continuous Reeding or Milled

Translation: Both edge types shown here

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Banjo Paterson) Silver Proof

© Mike Bentley

Comments

To celebrate the centenary of Waltzing Matilda the RAM released this Silver (.925) NCLT coin in 1995 in two slightly different Proof versions of the coin as shown here.
An interrupted reeded version mintage 20,005 and a continuous reeded version mintage 2,501.



The coin was also released in Aluminium-bronze with a "C" Mintmark at the Gallery Press at the Mint in Canberra.

The song, Waltzing Matilda is best known as the unofficial anthem of Australia (our official anthem is Advance Australia Fair). A bush ballad orginaly penned by famous Australian poet Banjo Patterson tells the story of an intinerant drifter known in Australia as a swagman. Carrying his worldly possessions and bed (his 'swag') on his back he steals a sheep to eat and rests under a tree for a cup of tea and to eat the stolen sheep. Policemen and the sheep's owner arrive to arrest him but rather than accept capture the swagman throws himself in a nearby water hole (a billabong) and drowns, he then goes on to haunt the location.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1995  2,501 Proof (Continuous Reeding)
1995  20,005 Proof (Interrupted Reeding)

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