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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - International Year of Space - Silver Proof

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - International Year of Space - Silver Proof) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - International Year of Space - Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Richard Thomas

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1992
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.41 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 35.79 g
Diameter 38.9 mm
Thickness 3.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 190a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

International Year of Space

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1992
RDM

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.

Reverse

Depiction of the outline of Australia as seen from Space
Superimposed by a stylised version of the stars of the Southern Cross.

Lettering: 5 DOLLARS

Engraver: John Skillington

Edge

Reeded

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - International Year of Space - Silver Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This NCLT Silver $5 coin was minted by the RAM in 1992 to commemorate the International Year of Space.  The coin also commemorates Australia's invaluable and ongoing role in space technology and research.

The reverse design was the result of a nationwide design competition, the winner being John Skillington. The obverse features the Raphael David Maklouf 3rd Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

Aluminium-bronze versions of the coin in UNC & roof finish were also released by the RAM.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1992  2,500 Cased Proof

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