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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - International Year of Planet Earth

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - International Year of Planet Earth) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - International Year of Planet Earth) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 1 Dollar
AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1059
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

International Year of Planet Earth

Obverse

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

Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008

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

Stylised map of Australia with human hands showing the change we effect on the environment.

Lettering: ONE DOLLAR INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF PLANET EARTH

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 - International Year of Planet Earth)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This NCLT $1 coin was  issued by the RAM in the 2008 two coin carded UNC mint set with a standard Platypus 20 cent coin.


It was also issued in the 2008 Year Proof set.


The United Nations declared 2008 International Year of Planet Earth adopting the theme "earth sciences for society". Geological hazards are a key issue for the United Nations and promoting this year was the biggest international effort to promote this field of scientific endeavour.

A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was also issued in the 2008 Fine Silver Year set.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008  25,569 Proof Year Set
2008  28,399 UNC Two Coin Set

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