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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - HMAS Sydney II - Silver Proof

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - HMAS Sydney II - Silver Proof) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - HMAS Sydney II - Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2000
Value 1 Dollar
1 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 11.66 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 422a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

HMAS Sydney II

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
IRB

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

Image of the warship "HMAS Sydney II" above waves
Denomination below

Lettering:
HMAS
SYDNEY II
VG
1 DOLLAR

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 - HMAS Sydney II - Silver Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

In 2000 the RAM released this NCLT Fine Silver (.999) Proof coin to remember those who lost their lives on the HMAS Sydney II. The coin was issued in limited numbers in a capsule held within a plush square box with numbered certificate.



The RAM also released an Aluminium-bronze version of this coin in a coincard with "C" and "S" Mintmarks.

On 19 November 1941 the HMAS Sydney II sank after heavy combat action with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran. The Sydney, the second such Australian ship to carry the name, sank with the loss of all 645 crew. It is the largest Australian naval loss on a single Australian warship and was the largest loss of life on an Allied ship in WW2 where all hands were lost. The exact circumstances of the tragic loss remain unclear to this date, and it was only in March 2008 that the wrecks of both the Sydney and Kormoran were located off the coast of Western Australia after many years of fruitless searching.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2000  12,150 Cased Proof

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