1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Inspirational Australians - Mary Mackillop

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Inspirational Australians - Mary Mackillop) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Inspirational Australians - Mary Mackillop) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.69 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1063
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Inspirational Australians - Mary Mackillop


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


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.


Depiction of Mary MacKillop and 3 of her young students in front of a map of the world

Mary MacKillop
1842 1909

Translation: Image of Mary MacKillop and three children superimposed on a map of the world.

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.


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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Inspirational Australians - Mary Mackillop) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


In 2008 the Royal Australian Mint introduced a new series of NCLT one dollar coins dedicated to Inspirational Australians. The coin was issued in an unusual shaped Coincard.

This first coin issued recognises Mary MacKillop and her work in founding schools and educating Australian children whilst enduring poverty and hardships. A catholic Nun, Mary was born in 1842 and died in 1909. She was beatified by the Pope in 1995 for the miraculous cure of a dying woman. In December 2009 The Vatican recognised a second miracle by Mary MacKillop and she was canonised as a saint on 17th October 2010 and is now formally known as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. She is the first and only Australian to be recognised by the Catholic Church as a saint.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008 C 29,802 UNC in Coincard

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