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10 Dollars - Elizabeth II Third Portrait - Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Piedfort

10 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Third Portrait - Red-tailed Black Cockatoo) Piedfort -  obverse10 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Third Portrait - Red-tailed Black Cockatoo) Piedfort -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1997
Value 10 Dollars
10.00 AUD = 6.86 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 40 g
Diameter 34.00 mm
Thickness 5.00 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 367.2
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Australia's Endangered Species

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
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

Cockatoo perched on branch of a dead tree. Name of bird and denomination. Also looks to have the engraver's initials under branch to right of coin.

Lettering:
RED-TAILED BLACK COCKATOO
10 DOLLARS

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

Comments

In bush folklore, the cry of the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii graptogyne is reputed to herald rain - making them a welcome sight in rural Australia. Found in eucalypt woodlands or along watercourses, the south-eastern subspecies has been reduced to a fragmented population of fewer than 1000 birds, and is threatened by the clearing of the trees in which they nest. Illegal bird trappers are also thought to be reducing the numbers of the attractive bird.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1997  14,000 Proof; Piedfort

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