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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australia on the Map

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australia on the Map) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australia on the Map) -  reverse

© Richard Thomas

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2006
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999) (Pad printed)
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Thickness 4.00 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1008
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

400th Anniversary of European sighting of Australia

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. Beading just inside rim with denomination at bottom.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA
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

Ship "Duyfken"on left hand side, map showing charting of coastline to right. Compass rose at top. Perth mint mark "P".

Lettering:
1OZ. 999 SILVER 1606 - 2006
P
Australia on the Map

Edge

Continuous reeding

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australia on the Map) -  obverse

© Richard Thomas

Comments

Towards the end of 1605, William Janzoon sailed from Bantam in Java, in search of trade opportunities on behalf of the Dutch East India Company. The Master of the small Dutch ship Duyfken (little Dove) sailed south-east, charting part of the coast of Nova Guinea. By March 1606 the expedition had crossed the Arafura Sea, sighting what was assumed to be a southern extension of the island.
In fact Janzoon had discovered the northern coast of a vast southern continent, marking the beginning of Australia's recorded history. More precisely he made landfall on the western shore of Cape York, near the future site of the town of Weipa. Janzoon and his crew, who became the first documented Europeans to encounter Aborigines, literally put Australia on the map by charting 320 kilometres of the coast.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2006 P 9,941 Proof

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