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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Finale - Centenary of Federation

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Finale - Centenary of Federation) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Finale - Centenary of Federation) -  reverse

© Richard Thomas

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2001
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.41 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 36.31 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 591
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Centenary of Federation

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2001
5 DOLLARS

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

Central holographic oval surrounded by lettering with lettering underneath. Top half of coin has a depiction of fireworks.

Lettering:
Centenary of Federation
AUSTRALIA 1901-2001
IT'S WHAT WE MAKE IT
IT'S WHAT WE MAKE IT
IT'S WHAT WE MAKE IT

Edge

Continuous reeding

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Finale - Centenary of Federation) -  obverse

© Richard Thomas

Comments

This coin is the first Australian coin to feature a hologram or an Optically Variable Device (OVD). Forming part of the reverse design, the hologram reflects the Rotunda from the Inauguration Ceremony on January 1st 1901 in Centennial Park, Sydney, and a map of Australia with the States and Territories visible on the second reflection.
The unique optically variable image on this coin was produced through a collaboration between the Royal Australian Mint and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).  The optically variable properties of the image are due to the extremely fine scale pattern of ridges covering the area of the image. This ridge pattern or 'diffraction grating' causes the light striking the image to be split into its component colours according to the spacing of the ridges in different parts of the image. The  optically variable image technology known under the trademark EXELGRAM was developed by CSIRO for anti-counterfeiting application.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2001  10,000 Proof

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