1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith - Large Head

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith - Large Head) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith - Large Head) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1997
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = USD 0.70
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 7357
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 327,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 341
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of Charles Kingsford Smith

Obverse

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

Script: Latin

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1997
RDM

Designer: 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 Charles Kingsford Smith wearing a pilots helmet and his Fokker Tri-motor plane, named the Southern Cross.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
SIR
CHARLES 1897
KINGSFORD 1935
SMITH
1 DOLLAR

Designer: 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 (3rd Portrait - Sir Charles Kingsford Smith - Large Head) -  obverse

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

This commemorative aluminum-bronze coin was issued into circulation by the Royal Australian Mint (RAM) and was also issued in the various annual 1997 Proof, UNC Mint & Baby Sets. This is the Mint Set.


It was also issued in a Dual Coincard Set with the "Small Head" Kingsford-Smith NCLT coin as shown here.
 

Born in 1897 Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith was an early Australian aviation pioneer. He is best known in Australia for making the first Pacific crossing from Australia to the USA, setting a speed record from Australia to London of 10.5 days, and for disappearing while attempting to set yet more records. He is an iconic figure in Australian history and his blue Fokker Tri-Motor aircraft, the Southern Cross, is equally well known in popular culture.

The different "Small Head" Charles Kingsford Smith commemorative coin was available at various Royal Shows in Australian capital cities during the year from the mobile mint your own press. See link.

Fine Silver (.999) versions of both coins were also released by the RAM.

See also

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1997  50 500 1.0% BU Dual Set
1997  27 421 0.07% BU Gumnut Baby Set
1997  71 022 1.2% BU Year Set
1997  24 381 000 $ 1.42 $ 1.13 $ 1.94 $ 1.31 $ 0.71 $ 3.26 99% Circulation
1997  3 617 0.07% Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1997  32 543 0.6% Proof Year Set

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