1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Coat of Arms

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Coat of Arms) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Coat of Arms) -  reverse

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Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1047
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of the Original Coat of Arms


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.


Original Coat of Arms of the Federation of Australia as at 1908


Engraver: William Henry James Blakemore

William Henry James Blakemore (1871, in West Midlands Birmingham, England – 1945) was an English engraver, and medallist at the Royal Mint London. During his long career with the Royal Mint William Blakemore was the craftsman for the engraving of master dies for the Royal Mint London, and other Royal Mint branches, like the Royal Canadian Mint. He also engraved the designs for the first Australian coins of 1910.


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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Coat of Arms) -  obverse


To mark 100 years from when the Coat of Arms was first introduced the RAM released this Aluminium-bronze NCLT coin in a folding coincard in 2008.

It was issued as follows ...
With "C" Mintmark at the MYO Gallery Press at the RAM during the year also with a folding coincard
With "C" Mintmark via General & Dealer sales throughout the year in a folding coincard
With [B], [M], & [S] Privymarks via General & Dealer sales throughout the year in a folding coincard
With "C" Mintmark struck at the RAM in a special overprint Folder
With (B), (M), & (S) Counterstamps struck on the Mobile Press at various ANDA & Royal Shows in a coincard
(The coins with Privymarks were the first Australian decimal coins to be Privymarked)

The Australian Coat of Arms is the representative symbol of Australia granted by King Edward VII in 1908. It is used for authentification purposes on official documents such as passports and is used to identify government property or authority. The most significant change to the COA was in 1912 when the shield displaying the cross of St George was replaced by a version incorporating state emblems. It is interesting to note the kangaroo and the emu that are depicted are our own Australian native animals and the fact that these animals cannot walk backwards is symbolic of the nation moving forward and not backward.

A Fine Silver (.999) Proof NCLT coin was also released in a plush square black box with numbered certificate and a "C" Mintmark.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008 (B) 4,029 Brisbane Counterstamp (ANDA Show)
2008 (M) 4,004 Melbourne Counterstamp (ANDA Show)
2008 (S) 15,836 Sydney Counterstamp (Royal Easter Show)
2008 [B] 43,133 Brisbane Privymark (General Sale)
2008 [B] 1,100 Brisbane Privymark (RAM Struck Brisbane Coin Fair Overprint Folder)
2008 [M] 42,094 Melbourne Privymark (General Sale)
2008 [S] 32,529 Sydney Privymark (General Sale)
2008 C 2,414 Canberra Mintmark (Gallery Press)
2008 C 154,000 3.77 Canberra Mintmark (General Sale)
2008 C 972 Canberra Mintmark (Special Overprint Folder)

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