5 Dollars - Elizabeth II Henry Lawson
5.00 AUD = 3.41 USD
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Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
Shaping a National Identity - Masterpieces in Silver
3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem
Henry Lawson standing in front of the poem TO MY FRIENDS, value and denomination at the bottom.
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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