1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Banjo Paterson
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Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
Banjo Paterson - Waltzing Matilda
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.
7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)
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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|1995 B||74,353||24%||Brisbane Mintmark (Royal Brisbane Show)|
|1995 C||171,709||4.06||77%||Canberra Mintmark(Gallery Press)|
|1995 M||76,407||16%||Melbourne Mintmark (Royal Melbourne Show)|
|1995 S||55,391||15%||Sydney Mintmark (Royal Sydney Show)|
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