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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1997
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# 355
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
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

Image of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith wearing a pilots helmet and his Fokker Tri-motor plane, the "Southern Cross" superimposed on a map of the world showing the route taken across the Pacific Ocean.

Lettering:
SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH
1897-1935 SOUTHERN CROSS
1 DOLLAR

Engraver: Wojciech Pietranik

Wojciech Pietranik, born 25 March 1950, is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals.

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith)

Comments

This is the alternate NCLT Sir Charles Kingsford Smith (Non-Circulating) Commemorative coin known as the "Small Head" version. This was released in a coincard at various Royal Shows in Australian Capital Cities throughout the year.

    

A "Dual Set" was also released that contained the circulation "Large Head" Kingsford-Smith  coin.

Born in 1897 Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith was an early Australian aviation pioneer. He is best known in Australia for making the first Pacific crossing from Australia to the USA, setting a speed record from Australia to London of 10.5 days, and for disappearing while attempting to set yet more records. He is an iconic figure in Australian history and his blue Fokker Tri-Motor aircraft, the Southern Cross is equally well known in popular culture.

A Fine Silver (.999) version of this coin was also released in a capsule in a plush square box .

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1997 A 25,403 Adelaide Mintmark (Royal Adelaide Show)
1997 B 28,616 Brisbane Mintmark (Royal Brisbane Show)
1997 C 102,213 Canberra Mintmark (Gallery Press MYO)
1997 C 50,500 UNC Dual Set
1997 M 27,430 Melbourne Mintmark (Royal Melbourne Show)
1997 S 50,858 Sydney Mintmark (Royal Sydney Show)

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