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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australia's First Victoria Cross

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australia's First Victoria Cross) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australia's First Victoria Cross) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2000
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 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# 493
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Australia's First Victoria Cross

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 a "Victoria Cross" medal as issued to Australian Soldiers

Lettering:
VICTORIA CROSS
ONE DOLLAR
Capt. N. Howse VC 24 July 1900

Engraver: Wojciech Pietranik

Wojciech Pietranik, born 25 March 1950, is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals.

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australia's First Victoria Cross) -  obverse

Comments

This NCLT $1 dollar coin was released by the RAM in 2000 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Australia's first Victoria Cross medal for gallantry being awarded to Captain Neville Howse on July 24 1900.

The coin was issued in a tall coincard.
   

Australia Post also issued the coin in a PNC.
 
 
Howse, born in the UK emigrated to Australia in 1889 and enlisted with the New South Wales Corps Medical Staff and travelled to South Africa to fight in the Boer War. There he managed to carry a wounded man back to safety despite having his horse shot out from under him and being continually shot at while carrying the man.

(This $1 coin is one of the more expensive NCLT Aluminium -bronze Australian $1 coins you can get, valued as at 2019 around AU$100 to $150)

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2000  49,979 UNC in Coincard
2000  49,830 UNC in Special PNC

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