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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - "Father of Federation"

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - "Father of Federation") -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - "Father of Federation") -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1996
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# 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, the Father of Federation

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

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - "Father of Federation")

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! (Despite Broken Hill actually being just inside NSW!)

The coin was released in the 1996 standard Proof & Uncirculated Sets without a mintmark.
It was released at various Agricultural Shows etc through the year with relevant Mintmarks, (A, B, C, M, S etc).
It was also included in the annual Baby UNC & Proof sets without a mintmark.
It was also available as a Mint Your Own (MYO) coin at the Public Gallery Press at the RAM  with a "C" Mintmark.
It was also available for general retail sale through coin dealers in a small folded coincard.

  

A .925 Sterling Silver NCLT non-mintmarked version of the coin was also released.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1996  26,200,000 0.99 1.10 1.65 1.71 Circulation
1996  3,985 Gumnut Baby Proof Set
1996  25,727 Gumnut Baby UNC Set
1996  33,350 Proof Year set
1996  108,773 UNC Year Set
1996 A 20,000 Adelaide Mintmark (Royal Adelaide Show)
1996 B 30,000 Brisbane Mintmark (Royal Brisbane Show)
1996 C 1,500 Canberra Mintmark (Canberra Show)
1996 C 149,600 7.00 Canberra Mintmark (Gallery Press MYO)
1996 C 101,760 Canberra Mintmark (Pre Struck Retail)
1996 M 20,110 Melbourne Mintmark (Royal Melbourne Show)
1996 S 49,964 Sydney Mintmark(Royal Sydney Show)

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