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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Year of the Ox

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Ox) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Ox) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2009
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.50 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1078
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series - Year of the Ox

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
IRB
· 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

Head of an Ox in an inner circle with authentic Chinese Characters all in a symmetrical design

Lettering:
2009

YEAR
OF
THE OX

Translation: 牛 = Ox

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Ox) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

In 2007 the RAM launched an on-going series of Aluminium-bronze NCLT 25mm one dollar coins depicting each Lunar year and their representative animals. The series ran until 2018. The "Year of the Ox" was the third coin in the series and was issued in a long coincard.



A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was also released in a capsule in plush square red box with certificate.

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle, each year being represented by an animal. People born in the "Year of the Ox" inspire confidence in those around them and are natural mentors. However they can be stubborn, hot-tempered and determined to have their own way.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2009  17,642 UNC in Coincard

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