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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 6th Portrait - QANTAS 05 - Indian Ocean Epic - Catalina Flying boat

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - QANTAS 05 - Indian Ocean Epic - Catalina Flying boat) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - QANTAS 05 - Indian Ocean Epic - Catalina Flying boat) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Year 2020
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze (Pad Printed)
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

100 Years of QANTAS 1920-2020

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2020
JC
1 DOLLAR

Engraver: 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.

Reverse

Within an inner ring of Blue, White and Red a depiction of an Catalina Flying Boat flying above a double sunrise. Outside the inner ring depictions of 4 aircraft flying around the ring. To the lower right in a small circle the early Kangaroo Logo of Qantas. The name of the Air Service at the top of the ring and the word QANTAS below.

Lettering:
DOUBLE SUNRISE SERVICE
1920 - 2020
G - AG10
QANTAS EMPIRE AIRWAYS
KANGAROO SERVICE
QANTAS
SMS

Engraver: Stevan Stojanovic

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

Edge

7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - QANTAS 05 - Indian Ocean Epic - Catalina Flying boat) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

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



The fall of Singapore in February 1942 isolated Australia from the pre-war air route to Europe. Qantas Managing
Director Hudson Fysh proposed a new non-stop service between Perth and Ceylon across the lndian Ocean.
Five long-range US-built Catalina flying boats were loaned to Qantas by BOAC. The Qantas lndian Ocean Service
operated between 1943 and 1945, taking an average of 27 hours per flight. They carried priority mail with three
passengers who received a certificate of membership to "The Rare and Secret Order of the Double Sunrise".

ln 1944, Qantas added Liberator aircraft on a "Kangaroo Service" over the Indian Ocean, with passengers receiving an "Elevated Order of the Longest Hop" certificate. The Liberator was the first Qantas aircraft to feature the kangaroo emblem, based on the Australian penny coin design.

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

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