1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 6th Portrait - QANTAS 01 - The Flying Kangaroo

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - QANTAS 01 - The Flying Kangaroo) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - QANTAS 01 - The Flying Kangaroo) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2020
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.78 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper (Pad Printed)
Weight 14.4 g
Diameter 33.02 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

100 Years of QANTAS 1920-2020


Sixth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and the Victorian Coronation Necklace


Designer: Jody Clark

Jody Clark is a British engraver employed by the Royal Mint, notable for designing the fifth and latest portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to feature on coins of the pound sterling.


Within an inner ring of White and Red the QANTAS Flying Kangaroo Logo superimposed over the fan blades of a jet engine. Outside the inner ring depictions of 9 different aircraft in groups of 3 used by QANTAS flying outwards. To the top left a Kangaroo, to the right dates 1920 2020, under all is the word QANTAS .

1920 2020

Designer: Stevan Stojanovic

Stevan Stojanovic is sculptor and coin designer with the Royal Australian mint.



1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - QANTAS 01 - The Flying Kangaroo) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)


Released jointly by the RAM and QANTAS in a Box Set of eleven coins is this NCLT Copper coloured $1 Coin that commemorates 100 Years of the Australian Airline QANTAS. This coin is larger than a normal $1 coin and is made from Copper. It is the first Australian $1 coin made from that metal. The other coins in the set are the usual Aluminium-bronze. The coin was issued in a coincard inside a folding red box.

The first kangaroo symbol appeared on a Qantas Liberator in 1944 with a design based on the Australian penny
coin. Passengers received a certficate titled "The Elevated Order of the Longest Hop". Qantas was forging a
distinctly Autstralian identity and in 1947 the kangaroo grew wings thanks to artist Gert Sellheim who revised the design for the new Lockheed Constellation ‘Kangaroo Route’ to London. This version remained until 1984 when the wings disappeared with a modern design by Tony Lunn.

To coincide with the introduction of the Airbus A380 in 2008, Qantas unveiled a fresh interpretation of the flying
kangaroo designed by Hons Hulsbosch. It was updated again in 2016 by Marc Newson for the Qantas Boeing
787-9 and features a tribute to the past with a smaller winged kangaroo beneath the cockpit.

The flying kangaroo is a powerful symbol of speed, freedom and homecoming. lt provides a tangible connection
between Qantas’ wartime history when it flew the longest hop in the world, with an ambition to continue pushing the limits of ultra-long haul flying with a modern fleet.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2020  40,000 UNC in Coincard

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