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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 6th Portrait - QANTAS 06 - Global Airline - Super Constellation

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - QANTAS 06 - Global Airline - Super Constellation) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - QANTAS 06 - Global Airline - Super Constellation) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
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 Grey, White and Red a depiction of a Super Constellation aircraft with a map of the Kangaroo Route behind. Outside the inner ring depictions of 4 aircraft flying around the ring. To the lower right in a small circle a revised Kangaroo Logo of Qantas. The name of the Air Service at the top of the ring and the word QANTAS below.

Lettering:
KANGAROO ROUTE
1920 - 2020
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 06 - Global Airline - Super Constellation) -  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.



Qantas ordered six US-built Lockheed L749 Constellations in 1947 and soon after, the Commonwealth
Government bought Qantas as the new national overseas airline. These Constellations pioneered the Kangaroo
Route to London [1947] and Wallaby Route to Johannesburg [1952]. The improved L1049 Super Constellation
appeared in 1954 inaugurating Qantas services across the Pacific to San Francisco [1954] and then around—the
world via both hemispheres in 1958, taking five days to travel 25,000 miles.

The Super Constellation introduced Tourist Class travel as a more affordable alternative to First Class. After 1959, Qantas Super Constellations were increasingly used for cargo and charter work. Qantas made over 50 migrant charter flights from Europe to Australia with Super Constellations before their final retirement in 1963.

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2020  40,000 UNC in Coincard

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