1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - HMAS Sydney II

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - HMAS Sydney II) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - HMAS Sydney II) -  reverse

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Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2000
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.74 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 12610
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References KM# 422
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

HMAS Sydney II


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


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.


Image of the warship "HMAS Sydney II" above waves Denomination below


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.


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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - HMAS Sydney II) -  obverse


C Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)


In 2000 the RAM released this Uncirculated Aluminium-bronze coin to remember those who lost their lives on the HMAS Sydney II. The coin was issued in a coincard at the MYO Public Press Gallery at the RAM with "C" Mintmark.  It was also issued at the Mobile Press in a coincard at the Sydney Royal Easter Show with "S" Mintmark.

 At a special function at the launch of the namesake of HMAS Sydney II official figures mention that 2,922 coins were also issued using the Mobile Press with a "S" Mintmark. However only around 300 were actually handed out placed in a special VIP Folder. The remainder were destroyed.

The RAM also issued a Fine Silver (.999) version in limited numbers in a capsule held within a plush square box.

 On 19 November 1941 the HMAS Sydney II sank after heavy combat action with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran. The Sydney, the second such Australian ship to carry the name, sank with the loss of all 645 crew. It is the largest Australian naval loss on a single Australian warship and was the largest loss of life on an Allied ship in WW2 where all hands were lost. The exact circumstances of the tragic loss remain unclear to this date, and it was only in March 2008 that the wrecks of both the Sydney and Kormoran were located off the coast of Western Australia after many years of fruitless searching.

Two Examples are known to have escaped without a Mintmark.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2000  2 0% UNC - No Mintmark
2000 C 86 900 5.94 91% UNC Canberra Mintmark (MYO Gallery Press)
2000 S 2 922 5% UNC In Sets only (300 actually struck, others destroyed)
2000 S 49 002 13.57 25% UNC Sydney Mintmark (Royal Sydney Show)

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