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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Silver Proof

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Sir Charles Kingsford Smith) Silver Proof -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Sir Charles Kingsford Smith) Silver Proof -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1997
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 11.66 g
Diameter 25.12 mm
Thickness 2.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 327a
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.

Lettering:
SIR
CHARLES 1897
KINGSFORD 1935
SMITH
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 (Sir Charles Kingsford Smith) Silver Proof

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This is a Fine Silver Proof (.999) version of the circulating Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Aluminium-bronze Commemorative coin. It is known as the "Large Head" version of the two different Kingsford Smith coins.

This silver proof coin was only available in the Sir Charles Kingsford Smith portfolio case published by Note Printing Australia/Royal Australian Mint. It also contained a $20 paper banknote with an overprint and is from the last print run of this design and incorporates the final prefix letters "ADK" .

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. Then 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.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1997  4,000 Proof in NPA/RAM Set

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