1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Unlikely Heroes - Murphy the Donkey

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Murphy the Donkey) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Murphy the Donkey) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
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 ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Unlikely Heroes Great and Small Series


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


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.


Depiction of a modern interpretation of an Australian war hero: Murphy the Donkey, surrounded by an artist’s rendition of the landscape of war in colour print

Lettering: 1915


7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Murphy the Donkey) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


This NCLT Aluminium-bronze $1 colourised coin was released in a coincard by the RAM in 2015 as part of a six coin series of ANZAC themed Animals at War coins.

It was also issued in a PNC by Australia Post and in individually numbered PNC packaging at the two fairs mentioned in the Mintage box.

Murphy the Donkey is famous for his work with Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, a stretcher-bearer with the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance. He put Murphy to use on the Anzac positions on Gallipoli. Together they brought wounded soldiers down rough tracks under enemy fire to receive treatment.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2015  10,805 PNC (Australia Post)
2015  100 PNC ANDA Melbourne Show
2015  150 PNC Canberra Philatelic Fair
2015  30,000 UNC in Coincard

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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Murphy the Donkey)