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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 150th anniversary of the Burke & Wills Expedition

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 150th anniversary of the Burke & Wills Expedition) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 150th anniversary of the Burke & Wills Expedition) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2010
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.69 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1431
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

150th anniversary of the Burke & Wills Expedition

Obverse

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

Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010

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

King, the sole survivor of the expedition, sitting under the "Dig Tree.

Lettering: 150th ANNIVERSARY BURKE & WILLS EXPEDITION

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 - 150th anniversary of the Burke & Wills Expedition)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This NCLT Aluminium-bronze $1 coin was issued by the RAM in two separate Two Coin Sets. The other coin in the Two Coin Set was a 20 cent coin (KM# 1430). The $1 was designed by RAM designer Wojciech Pietranik.

This was the UNC Set.


This was the Proof Set.


In 1860 the South Australian government offered a prize to whoever could traverse the Australian continent from south to north first. Explorers Burke & Wills set out to claim the prize. They led a 19 man expedition but only one man survived. This dollar coin depicts explorer King, the weary sole survivor resting under the "Dig Tree" at Coopers Creek in southwest Queensland. It also shows camel tracks depicting their route south to north and footprints symbolic of the assistance given by the Aboriginals to King prior to his return

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2010  9,995 Proof in 2 Coin Set
2010  40,000 UNC in 2 Coin Set

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