Elizabeth II (1952-date)
5.00 AUD = 3.88 USD
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Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
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Shaping a National Identity - Masterpieces in Silver
Series: Australian National Identity
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.
© Mike Bentley
The Royal Australian Mint issued in 1996 a National Identity Masterpieces in Silver Proof $5 Dollars, Five Coin Set with reverse designs paying tribute to people and events that have had a major influence in making us uniquely Australian. This particular coin celebrates Henry Lawson.
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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