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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Army Anniversary Silver Proof

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Army Anniversary Silver Proof) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Army Anniversary Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2001
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.69 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 11.66 g
Diameter 25.00 mm
Thickness 2.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 530a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of the Army

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2001
IRB

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

The Rising Sun Badge of the Australian Army.

Lettering:
CENTENARY OF THE ARMY
THE ARMY
AUSTRALIAN
1901 - 2001
ONE DOLLAR

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

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.

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Army Anniversary Silver Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This Fine Silver (.999) Proof NCLT coin was issued in limited numbers by the RAM in 2001 in a capsule inside a plush green/grey box. It did not have a mintmark.



The reverse of this coin shows the iconic "Rising Sun" Australian Army badge surrounded by the legend "The Australian Army 1901 - 2001". The Rising Sun badge originates back to 1902 when a badge was required for Australian colonial forces operating in South Africa during the Boer War. The badge depicts the Imperial Crown and a banner with the words "The Australian Army". The 'sun rays' or rising sun are in fact not that at all, originally they were to depict a semi circle of thrusting swords and bayonets around the crown which in 1902 was to depict the co-operation between the navy (the swords) and the army (the bayonets).

An Aluminium-bronze version of the coin was also released in a coin card. It was available with a "C" Mintmark from the Public Gallery Press at the RAM. Australia Post issued the same coin with "C" Mintmark in a PNC. The coin also came with an "S" Mintmark at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2001  17,839 Cased Proof

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