1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Korean War

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

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Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2003
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 663
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

50th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War


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


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.


Dove carrying Olive Branch between the floral symbols of South Korea & Australia.

1953 · KOREAN WAR · 2003

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.


7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Korean War) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


This NCLT coin issued by the RAM commemorates those events of the 27th of July 2003 which was the 50th anniversary of the negotiated truce that saw the end of the war on the Korean peninsula that had begun in June 1950 when a North Korean army poured into South Korea. Within just a few short days of the invasion the United Nations called for member countries to send forces to Korea to halt the advance. Australia answered the call by sending a squadron of attack aircraft from the RAAF and the 1st Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR).

The coin was issued with (B), (M) & (S) Counterstamps at the relevant ANDA Show during 1993 and (C) Counterstamp at the Public Gallery Press at the RAM. These coins were placed in a coincard.

A limited edition Fine Silver (.999) proof version was also released in a capsule in a plush grey box.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2003 (B) 34,949 28% Brisbane Counterstamp (ANDA Show)
2003 (C) 93,572 4.41 67% Canberra Counterstamp (Gallery Press)
2003 (M) 36,142 29% Melbourne Counterstamp (Royal Melbourne Show)
2003 (S) 36,091 6.22 29% Sydney Counterstamp (ANDA Show)

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