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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Koala - Silver Bullion - Gilded

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Koala - Silver Bullion - Gilded) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Koala - Silver Bullion - Gilded) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2009
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.71 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Gold (.999) plated silver (.9999)
Weight 31.11 g
Diameter 40.6 mm
Thickness 4 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1111a
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

Australian Koala

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2009
IRB
1 DOLLAR

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

A young koala sitting on a branch gilded with 24-carat gold. A shimmer background is behind the koala. The Perth Mint mintmark is hidden on the branch.

Lettering:
P
1 OZ 999 SILVER
SB

Edge

Reeded

Mint

P Perth Mint, Australia

Comments

The Perth Mint started the silver koala series in 2007 and started offering them in a gilded version in 2008.
The 2009 design features a single young koala facing out while sitting on a branch.

Koalas are one the few iconic symbols strongly associated with Australia. They are indigenous only to Australia where they spend most of their life high up in Eucalyptus trees eating leaves. Most animals find the Eucalyptus leaves toxic, but the koala has developed the ability to digest them safely.

Wrongly considered a bear, the koala is actually a marsupial. The females have a pouch in which they carry and nurse their young. The koala portray an image of cuddliness, but with long sharp claws for climbing they can be quite vicious if provoked.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2009 P 5,472 UNC Frosted and Gilded

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