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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Possum Magic - Hush Visible Forever

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Possum Magic - Hush Visible Forever) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Possum Magic - Hush Visible Forever) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 1 Dollar
1 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Possum Magic - Hush Visible Forever

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
IRB

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

A Kookaburra, Hush, Grandma Poss and three Frogs sitting on a branch. Nineteen stars in the background.

Lettering:
POSSUM MAGIC
1 DOLLAR

Engraver: Royal Australian Mint, Julie Vivas

Edge

7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Possum Magic - Hush Visible Forever) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This NCLT commemorative $1 coin produced by the RAM is part of the "Possum Magic" eight coin set made available for a price of $15 from Woolworths supermarkets from 15/8/2017. It was also available from the RAM. The set also contains three circulating $2 and three other non-circulating $1 coins and a special non-circulating commemorative 1 cent coin. The theme for the set of eight coins is based on the classic Australian children's book "Possum Magic". The 1 cent coin and four $1 coins are only available in the eight coin set. The three $2 coins are being released into circulation at Woolworths supermarkets over a period of two weeks.

The Possum Magic Book was first published in 1983 and is a whimsical picture book written by Mem Fox about two possums, Grandma Poss and Baby Hush, and their travels around Australia sampling food in their quest to make Hush visible again after he was made invisible by the magic of Grandma Poss.
This particular $1 coin relates to the fact that "By eating special food, Hush will stay visible forever".

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2017  3.76 UNC in 8 Coin Set

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