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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Planetary Coins - The Sun

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Planetary Coins - The Sun) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Planetary Coins - The Sun) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.60 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-zinc-bronze (Pad Printed)
Weight 20 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 2.6 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Planetary Coins - The Sun

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara set within a circle. Text outside of the circle.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2017
5 DOLLARS
IRB

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.

Reverse

Depiction of the Sun in pad printed Yellow.
Surrounded by swirling shapes representing solar flares of The Sun.
Planetary Symbol of The Sun below.

Lettering:
SUN

Engraver: Aaron Baggio

Aaron Baggio is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

Reeded

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Planetary Coins - The Sun) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

This NCLT frosted proof type, colour pad printed coin is part of a 10 coin set released by the RAM. They are packaged within a coincard.


The coincard is inside an information-filled pop-up book featuring colour-printing and is the first time for a RAM collection to feature the bronze 1 and 2 cent blanks along with the aluminium bronze $1 and $2 blanks. The addition of two $5 blanks including a bi-metallic one to represent the rings of Saturn makes this set astronomical.

This particular $5 coin represents The Sun at the centre of the Solar System and has the Planetary Symbol for The Sun on the reverse. This crown sized coin is the largest in the set as befits The Sun.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  6,950 UNC in Coincard

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