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10 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - The Ashes 1882-2007- Gold Proof

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2007
Value 10 Dollars
10.00 AUD = 7.29 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Gold (999)
Weight 3.135 g
Diameter 17.5 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

The Ashes 1882 - 2007

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2007
10 DOLLARS
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

Mock Coat of Arms - Lion on Left, Kangaroo on right of the Ashes Cricket Urn
Crossed Cricket Bats below

Lettering: 1882 - 2007 ASHES

Edge

Reeded

Mint

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

Comments

In 1882 an Australian cricket team beat the English cricket team on the spiritual home of cricket, Lords. This was the first Australian team to beat an English team in England and the next day saw a mock obituary placed in The Sporting Times stating that English cricket had died, and the body would be cremated and the ashes would be taken to Australia. The following year an English cricket team toured Australia in what was dubbed 'the quest to regain The Ashes'. While in Australia the English team was presented with a small ceramic funeral urn that reputedly contained the ashes of a burned cricket bail. This saw the test matches played between England and Australia, now known as 'The Ashes', cemented into the sporting folklore of both countries and the rivalry continues until this very day.

2007 was the 125th anniversary of the birth of The Ashes and the RAM celebrated this with the release of this NCLT Gold Proof coin in a plush case.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2007  1,500 Proof

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