1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Banjo Paterson Silver Proof
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Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995
Stylised image of the Jolly Swagman from the song Waltzing Matilda, replete with a swag and walking stick, dressed roughly
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
© Mike Bentley
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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|1995||2,501||Proof (Continuous Reeding)|
|1995||20,005||Proof (Interrupted Reeding)|
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