1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Aurora Australis
|Queen||Elizabeth II (1952-date)|
1.00 AUD = 0.72 USD
|Composition||Silver (.999) (Pad printed)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Series: Australian Antarctic Territory
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
A snowfield with a tracked vehicle and a human observer beneath a coloured representation of the Aurora Australis. The portrayal appears within the outline of Antarctica. As well as the inscription 2013 : AURORA AUSTRALIS, it includes the words ”Australian Antarctic Territory” and the mint's traditional “P”mint mark.
2013 : AURORA AUSTRALIS
Australian Antarctic Territory
1 OZ 99.9 SILVER
Engraver: Aleyslia Howarth
|P||Perth Mint, Australia|
The 10th release from The Perth Mint's popular Australian Antarctic Territory Series commemorates the Aurora Australis.
An aurora is a dramatic display of coloured light seen in the night sky above the polar regions. In the Southern Hemisphere the phenomenon is known as the Aurora Australis.
An aurora occurs when charged particles emitted from the sun interact with Earth's magnetosphere. The solar particles stream towards the poles, colliding with atoms of nitrogen and oxygen in the upper atmosphere.
Akin to the process that operates in neon light, the collisions create glowing gases seen in dancing ribbons and arcs of mesmerising light comprising thousands of colours. Australian scientists in Antarctica are not the only ones privileged to see the Aurora Australis. Tasmania is the Australian state from which the awe-inspiring spectacle, also known as the Southern Lights, is most commonly seen.
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