1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Father of Federation - Silver Proof

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Father of Federation - Silver Proof) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Father of Federation - Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1996
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 11.49 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 310a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of the Death of Sir Henry Parkes


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.


Image of Sir Henry Parkes, the Father of Federation



7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Father of Federation - Silver Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


In 1996 the RAM released a $1 coin into circulation that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Parkes. Known as the "Father of Federation" he did not support the concept strongly until the last few years of his political life. The general consensus of his support is that it was one of convenience, but despite this he is known for a strong speech at Tenterfield urging Federation of the colonies of Australia. His reasons for doing so were mixed at best, and he is recorded as saying that federation would be a great idea so that trouble makers in Broken Hill would become South Australia's problem and not those of NSW!

This is the Silver Proof edition of the NCLT coin that was released by the RAM in a capsule in a plush case with only interrupted reeding. No milled edge version was released as per earlier editions of Silver 25mm Australian Dollar coin.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1996  20,006 Proof Silver in Case

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