1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Banjo Paterson
|Queen||Elizabeth II (1952-date)|
1.00 AUD = 0.72 USD
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Banjo Paterson - Waltzing Matilda
3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem
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)
MintRoyal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)
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||25%||Brisbane Mintmark (Royal Brisbane Show)|
|1995 C||171,709||3.59||78%||Canberra Mintmark(Gallery Press)|
|1995 M||76,407||20%||Melbourne Mintmark (Royal Melbourne Show)|
|1995 S||55,391||17%||Sydney Mintmark (Royal Sydney Show)|
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