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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Humpback Whale

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Humpback Whale) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Humpback Whale) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.72 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999) (Pad printed)
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.6 mm
Thickness 4 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Humpback Whale

Series: Australian Antarctic Territory

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA
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

Coloured image of a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and an icy landscape, which appear within the outline of Antarctica.
As well as the inscription HUMPBACK WHALE : 2008, it includes the words ”Australian Antarctic Territory” and the mint's traditional “P”mint mark.

Lettering:
HUMPBACK WHALE : 2008
Australian Antarctic Territory
P
SB
1 OZ 99.9 SILVER

Edge

Continuous reeding

Mint

P Perth Mint, Australia

Comments

The 5th release from The Perth Mint's popular Australian Antarctic Territory Series commemorates the Humpback Whale.

Humpback whales are best known for their beautiful and haunting songs. Members of the baleen group (filter feeders), Humpbacks grow to about 15 metres in length and 40 tonnes in weight. Slower and stockier than other species, they were targeted by open boat whalers with hand held harpoons in the 19th century. Yet they survived in numbers until the 1950s when illegal whaling severely threatened their existence.
Thankfully , Humpbacks numbers are now reversing. According to the Australian Antarctic Division, which supports non-lethal scientific research and other activities to promote whale conservation. Humpback populations that breed in Australian waters have doubled in the last 10 years. Journeying each year between Antarctic waters and favoured mating grounds inside the Great Barrier Reef and near the Kimberley coast, Humpbacks are an awe-inspiring sight.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008 P 7,500 Proof

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