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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II "Father of Federation"

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II ("Father of Federation") -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II ("Father of Federation") -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1996
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.71 USD
Metal Aluminium-bronze (Cu 92%, Al 6%, Ni 2%)
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 310, Schön# 305
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of the Death of Sir Henry Parkes

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1996
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

Image of Sir Henry Parkes

Lettering:
SIR HENRY PARKES 1815-1896
"FATHER" OF FEDERATION
1 DOLLAR

Edge

Interrupted Reeding

Comments

In 1996 the RAM released an aluminium bronze dollar coin into circulation that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Parkes. Known as the "Father of Federation" he did not support the concept strongly until the last few years of his political life. The general consensus of his support is that it was one of convenience, but despite this he is known for a strong speech at Tenterfield urging Federation of the colonies of Australia. His reasons for doing so were mixed at best, and he is recorded as saying that federation would be a great idea so that trouble makers in Broken Hill would become South Australia's problem and not those of NSW!
The coin was also released in the 1996 Proof set without a mintmark and various Agricultural Shows etc through the year with relevant Mintmarks, (A, B, C, M, S etc)

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1996  26,334,500 1.73 1.65
1996  37,335 Proof sets
1996 A 20,000 Adelaide Mintmark (Royal Adelaide Show)
1996 B 30,000 Brisbane Mintmark (Royal Brisbane Show)
1996 C 252,860 Canberra Mintmark (Royal Canberra Show + Gallery Press)
1996 M 20,110 Melbourne Mintmark (Royal Melbourne Show)
1996 S 49,964 Sydney Mintmark(Royal Sydney Show)

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