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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II Dame Nellie Melba

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Dame Nellie Melba) -  obverse 5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Dame Nellie Melba) -  reverse

© Richard Thomas

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1996
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.38 USD
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 35.79 g
Diameter 38.90 mm
Thickness 3.50 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 330
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Shaping a National Identity - Masterpieces in Silver

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
RDM
AUSTRALIA 1996

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

Picture of Dame Nellie Melba, Value and denomination to the left.

Lettering:
Dame Nellie Melba
5 DOLLARS

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald , Wojciech Pietranik

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

Edge

Reeded

Comments

Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931) was during her lifetime, almost larger than life. Her glorious voice dazzled audiences in Australia, England and the USA. Her tough will and extraordinary self-confidence made her an ambivalent hero of national identity. Australians loved - and loved to criticise - their most flamboyant 'tall poppy'.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1996  20,000 Proof

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