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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Coat of Arms, Silver Proof

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Coat of Arms, Silver Proof) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Coat of Arms, Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 11.66 g
Diameter 25.0 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1047a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of the Original Coat of Arms

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
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

Original Coat of Arms of the Federation of Australia as at 1908

Lettering:
COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA COAT OF ARMS 1908-1912
C
ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
ONE DOLLAR

Engraver: William Henry James Blakemore

William Henry James Blakemore (1871, in West Midlands Birmingham, England – 1945) was an English engraver, and medallist at the Royal Mint London. During his long career with the Royal Mint William Blakemore was the craftsman for the engraving of master dies for the Royal Mint London, and other Royal Mint branches, like the Royal Canadian Mint. He also engraved the designs for the first Australian coins of 1910.

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Coat of Arms, Silver Proof)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

To mark 100 years from when the original Australian Coat of Arms was first introduced the RAM released this Fine Silver (.999) Proof NCLT coin. It was released in a capsule inside a plush square black box with numbered certificate and a "C" Mintmark.


 
The Australian Coat of Arms is the representative symbol of Australia granted by King Edward VII in 1908. It is used for authentification purposes on official documents such as passports and is used to identify government property or authority. The most significant change to the COA was in 1912 when the shield displaying the cross of St George was replaced by a version incorporating state emblems. It is interesting to note the kangaroo and the emu that are depicted are our own Australian native animals and the fact that these animals cannot walk backwards is symbolic of the nation moving forward and not backward.

An Aluminium-bronze version of the coin was also released with various Mintmarks, Counterstamps & Privymarks at the MYO Gallery Press and various shows and events throughout the year.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008 C 12,500 Cased Proof

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