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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Year of the Snake

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Snake) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Snake) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2013
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 2015
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series - Year of the Snake

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2012
1 DOLLAR
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

Snake inside inner circle with authentic Chinese symbols all in a symetrical design, Chinese character for snake to right

Lettering:
2013

YEAR OF THE SNAKE

Translation: 蛇 = Snake

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 - Year of the Snake)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

In 2007 the RAM launched an on-going series of Aluminium-bronze NCLT 25mm one dollar coins depicting each Lunar year and their representative animals. The series ran until 2018. The "Year of the Snake" was the seventh coin in the series and was issued in a long coincard.



 A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was also released in a plush square red box.

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle, each year being represented by an animal. People born in the "Year of the Snake" may be thought of as sly and cunning, but people born under this sign of the Chinese Zodiac are actually rich in wisdom and charm. They are guided by intuition and have an uncanny talent for judging situations correctly.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2013  15,053 UNC in long Coincard

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