5 Dollars - Elizabeth II Henry Lawson

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Henry Lawson) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Henry Lawson) -  reverse

© Richard Thomas


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1996
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.41 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 35.79 g
Diameter 38.90 mm
Thickness 3.50 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 332
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Shaping a National Identity - Masterpieces in Silver


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


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.


Henry Lawson standing in front of the poem TO MY FRIENDS, value and denomination at the bottom.

Henry Lawson

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.




Henry Lawson (1867 - 1922) published his first poem in the nationalist magazine, the Bulletin, in 1887. Called Á Song for the Republic', it was a stirring call to Australians to approach the new century with courage and commitment to the nation. Lawson was central in the move towards 'realism'in literature. instead of a gentle, idyllic place, the Australian landscape was depicted as indifferent to its inhabitants, who were battlers - gaunt, tragic, but noble. In his depiction of self-reliant, indomitable,  independent Australians, Lawson put into words the qualities that contributed to the nation's sense of self. He was the first Australian write to be given a State funeral.

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

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