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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - XVIII Commonwealth Games - Queen's Baton Relay

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - XVIII Commonwealth Games - Queen's Baton Relay) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - XVIII Commonwealth Games - Queen's Baton Relay) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2006
Value 5 Dollars
5 AUD = 3.44 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 20 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 786
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Commonwealth Games: Queen's Baton Relay

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2006
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

Stylized baton runner. Melbourne's Princess Bridge in background 18 Batons to the left Commonwealth Crown to the right

Lettering:
QUEEN'S BATON RELAY
MELBOURNE 2006
5 DOLLARS
XVIII COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Engraver: Peter Soobik

Edge

Reeded

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - XVIII Commonwealth Games - Queen's Baton Relay) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This NCLT Aluminium-bronze coin was minted in 2006 by the RAM to mark the significant Queens Baton Relay event in Australia as part of the build up to the Commonwealth Games to be held in Melbourne.
The Queen's Baton Relay has been a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games since 1959. The baton carries Her Majesty's message to the athletes from Buckingham Palace, London, to the opening ceremony. The coin was releasedas follows  .......

In a coincard - Mintage 23,375
 

In an Australia Post PNC - Mintage 22,002
 

In a Special Folder Set with 16 NCLT 50 Cent & 1 Circulation Commemorative 50 Cent Coins  - Mintage 15,000
 

A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was also released by the RAM in a capsule in a plush box.

Sixteen NCLT 50 Cent coins to celebrate the Games were released in coincards plus a NCLT $1 coin and another $5 coin.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2006  23,375 UNC in Coincard
2006  22,002 UNC in PNC
2006  15,000 UNC in Special 18 Coin Folder

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