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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australian Abalone Shell

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australian Abalone Shell) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australian Abalone Shell) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2014
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.71 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999) (Fragment of Abalone shell)
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 36.6 mm
Thickness 4.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 2169
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

Abalone Shell

Series: Australian Shells

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. The monetary denomination, the coin's weight and fineness, and the 2014 year date are also shown.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA
IRB
1oz 999 SILVER 2014 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 this unique coin features a sculpted representation of an abalone shell, with a polished fragment of abalone shell centrepiece, against a rippled pattern representing the ocean floor. The inscription AUSTRALIAN ABALONE SHELL and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark also appear in the design.

Lettering:
AUSTRALIAN ABALONE SHELL
P

Engraver: Thomas Vaughan

Edge

Continuous reeding

Mint

P Perth Mint, Australia

Comments

The 2014 Australian Abalone Shell coin features a beautiful fragment of abalone shell, showcasing the spectacular inner surface of this highly sought after Australian mollusc.
The smooth inner shell is composed of nacre or mother-of-pearl which displays an iridescent mix of colours, ranging from deep cobalt blue and peacock green, to purples, creams and pinks. The vibrant inner layer of abalone shells are highly sought after as decorative pieces, and are use as a source of mother-of-pearl for jewellery, buttons, and inlays in furniture and musical instruments.

In addition to being adored for their stunning inner shells and pearls, the flesh of the abalone is considered to be a culinary delicacy in many countries, consumed raw or cooked in a variety of dishes.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2014 P 4,963 Proof

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