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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Machin Effigy - Silver Gem-Proof

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Machin Effigy - Silver Gem-Proof) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Machin Effigy - Silver Gem-Proof) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2012
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.71 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 11.66 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Arnold Machin Effigy

Series: Australian Decimal Effigies

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2012
1 DOLLAR
IRB

Designer: 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

2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
AUSTRALIAN DECIMAL CURRENCY EFFIGIES
MACHIN · 1966

Designer: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Machin Effigy - Silver Gem-Proof) -  obverse

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint as part of its exclusive subscription 'Mint Legends' members loyalty program released both specimen and proof versions (Fine Silver .999) of this coin. They were not available through regular channels. It received very little publicity among general collectors. This coin was the first in this series.   
The reverse design on this coin graced the obverse of the first Australian decimal coins introduced in 1966 preceding its first appearance on British coins by two years.
The Machin likeness was replaced in 1985 by a Raphael Maklouf portrait. Known as the "young portrait" Machin's representation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is  for may Australians the most recognisable.

The coins were housed encapsulated, in a black leatherette, hinged-lid presentation case, accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity and protected by a cardboard shipper.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2012  100 Proof
2012  100 UNC Gem

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