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10 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Wedge-tailed Eagle - Piedfort

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1994
Value 10 Dollars
10.00 AUD = 7.17 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 40 g
Diameter 34 mm
Thickness 5.1 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Wedge-tailed Eagle - Piedfort

Series: Birds of Australia

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1994
RDM

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Bust of a wedge tailed eagle with engraver's initials, overlapping HH. Initials location at 6 o'clock near rim.

Lettering: 10 DOLLARS

Engraver: Horste Hahne

Edge

Continuous reeding

10 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Wedge-tailed Eagle -  Piedfort) -  obverse

© Richard Thomas

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

Sixth and final coin in the Royal Australian Mint's "Birds of Australia" $10 Sterling Silver Piedfort Series.

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is often seen in pairs soaring high on motionless wings. When it sights its prey - such as rabbits, carrion, marsupials, and birds - it attacks with an amazing burst of speed. It builds a very large nest (sometimes measuring two and a half metres across) high in an isolated tree so the sitting bird has a clear view. The fourth largest eagle in the world, the Wedge-tail gracefully represents Australia's harsh and powerful beauty.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1994  13,134 100% Proof - piedfort
1994  1,000 0% Proof - Piedfort - Coin Fair

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