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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australian Mother of Pearl

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australian Mother of Pearl) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australian Mother of Pearl) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.72 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999) (Fragment of mother-of-pearl)
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 36.60 mm
Thickness 4.50 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Series: Australian Shells

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA
IRB
1oz 999 SILVER 2015 1 DOLLAR

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

The reverse of the coin features a sculpted representation of an Australian white mother of pearl shell with a polished fragment of mother-of-pearl centrepiece, against a rippled pattern representing the ocean floor. The inscription AUSTRALIAN WHITE MOTHER OF PEARL SHELL and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark also appear in the design.

Lettering:
AUSTRALIAN WHITE MOTHER OF PEARL SHELL
P
NM

Engraver: Natasha Muhl

Edge

Continuous reeding

Mint

P Perth Mint, Australia

Comments

Mother of pearl is a hard, smooth, shining iridescent substance that forms the inner layer of the shells of certain molluscs, such as the oyster and abalone. It displays a mix of colours, ranging from deep cobalt blue and peacock green, to hues of purple, cream and pink. Also known as nacre, it is highly sought after as decorative pieces and used in the manufacture of jewellery, buttons, cutlery, guns, inlays in furniture, and musical instruments.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2015 P 2,221 Proof

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