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10 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Southern Right Whale - Piedfort

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1996
Value 10 Dollars
10.00 AUD = 7.17 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 40 g
Diameter 34.1 mm
Thickness 5.1 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 314.2
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

Australia's Endangered Species - Piedfort

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1996
RDM

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

A Southern Right Whale and her calf

Lettering:
SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALE
10 DOLLARS
VG

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

Continuous reeding

10 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Southern Right Whale - Piedfort) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

This coin is a piedfort version of KM#314.1 and is part of a series of four Sterling Silver (.925) Proof coins released by the RAM to highlight Australia's Endangered Species.

A protected species, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) can be seen in waters along the southern coastline pf Australia from Perth to Sydney. Recently reclassified as "Vulnerable", it exists in very limited numbers and is still under threat of extinction.
Growing up to 18 metres in length and weighing up to 80 tonnes, it is a slow swimmer, making it easy prey for whalers. Usually black in colour, some have white spots on their head and back. Large callosities along the jaw identify individual animals.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1996  14,000 Proof - Piedfort

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