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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - War Declared)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - War Declared) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - War Declared) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2014
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 3.1 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Centenary of World War I

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II ·
AUSTRALIA 2014 ·
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

Ancient warrior in front of Union Jack flag, upper left quadrant, marching diggers in slouch hats, lower right quadrant.
Upper right quadrant - 1914- "When the EMPIRE is at WAR,
Lower left quadrant - so is AUSTRALIA at WAR" , with mint mark "P".

Lettering:
1914- "When the EMPIRE is at WAR,
so is AUSTRALIA at WAR"

Edge

Continuous reeding

Comments

"If there is to be a war, then you and I shall be in it. We must be in it. If the old country is at war, so are we", claimed Prime Minister Joseph Cook at Britain's declaration of war against Germany on 4 August 1914. As political brinksmanship rapidly played out half a world away from Australia, it became clear that Britain and her dominions must also take up arms. Australia was immediate and enthusiastic in its support, with the Australian government offering a contingent of troops and the service of the navy. Recruiting began several days later , and by month's end more than 21,000 men had volunteered to serve in what became known as the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). After a period of training these troops left Albany, in Western Australia, bound for the fighting in France and Belgium.

Coin released by Australia Post in conjunction with the Perth Mint as a PNC

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2014 P 12,000 UNC in PNC

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