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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Banjo Paterson

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Banjo Paterson) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Banjo Paterson) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1995
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 269
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Banjo Paterson - Waltzing Matilda

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:
1
DOLLAR
Waltzing
Matilda
1895 1995
M
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

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Banjo Paterson)

Comments

To celebrate the Centenary of Banjo Paterson's song "Waltzing Matilda" the RAM released this NCLT coin in 1995. The coin was available with a "C" mintmark at the public gallery press at the mint for a cost of $2. It was also available from a portable press at each of the Royal Shows in Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney with "B", "M" & "S" mintmarks respectively. The image shown above is a Melbourne mintmarked coin.

       

Two Silver Proof versions of the coin with different edge milling/reeding were also released in 1995.

The song, Waltzing Matilda is best known as the unofficial anthem of Australia (our official anthem is Advance Australia Fair). A bush ballad orginally 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 B 74,353 Brisbane Mintmark (Royal Brisbane Show)
1995 C 171,709 Canberra Mintmark(Gallery Press)
1995 M 76,407 Melbourne Mintmark (Royal Melbourne Show)
1995 S 55,391 Sydney Mintmark (Royal Sydney Show)

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