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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Inspirational Australians - Dame Joan Sutherland

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Inspirational Australians - Dame Joan Sutherland) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Inspirational Australians - Dame Joan Sutherland) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2011
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# 1645
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Inspirational Australians - Dame Joan Sutherland

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2011

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

Dame Joan Sutherland performing in robe

Lettering:
INSPRATIONAL AUSTRALIANS : PERFORMING ARTS
DAME JOAN SUTHERLAND 1926 - 2010

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 - Inspirational Australians - Dame Joan Sutherland) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

In 2008 the Royal Australian Mint introduced a new series of NCLT one dollar coins dedicated to Inspirational Australians. The fourth coin released and dated 2009 was issued in an unusual shaped Coincard.



This fourth coin recognises and honours Dame Joan Sutherland who graced the opera stage in a career spanning over 40 years. Hailed "La Stupenda" by a Venetian audience after a 1960 performance of Handel's Alcina the outstanding soprano was born in 1926 and passed away October 10th 2010. Her life is celebrated with this NCLT one dollar coin commemorating her achievements in the Inspirational Australians series released by the Royal Australian Mint.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2011  24,951 UNC in Coincard

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