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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Trans-Australian Railway

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Trans-Australian Railway) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Trans-Australian Railway) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.69 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 13.50 g
Diameter 30.60 mm
Thickness 3.10 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Centenary of the Trans-Australian Railway

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II ·
AUSTRALIA 2017 ·
1 DOLLAR ·
IRB

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Steam train heading right over a representation of railway tracks and sleepers.

Lettering:
100TH ANNIVERSARY
1917 - 2017
P

Edge

Continuous reeding

Comments

This coin issued by the Perth Mint.

The Trans-Australian Railway opened on 22 October 1917 after five years of arduous construction work across the Nullabor desert. The railway ran between Port Augusta in South Australia and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and provided nation-building infrastructure that linked the east and western coasts of Australia. It also delivered the platform for successful negotiations to encourage Western Australia to join the Commonwealth of Australia and establish the Australian Federation.

Released as an Australia Post PNC


This postal numismatic cover includes two official Australia Post $1 stamps featuring iconic advertising posters from 1930 and 1960. The first shows a figure on a camel viewing a G-class locomotive as it speeds across the desert towards Perth, and the second displays the first diesel locomotive GM1, in service between 1951 and 1967.
The stamps are postmarked for the first day of issue and the envelope includes Australia Post’s Seal of Authenticity.
Each coin is housed in an illustrated card and presented in an envelope featuring photographic images of the railway.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017 P 7,500 UNC PNC

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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Trans-Australian Railway)