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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Sir Charles Kingsford Smith

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Sir Charles Kingsford Smith) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Sir Charles Kingsford Smith) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1997
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# 327, Schön# 341
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 Charles Kingsford Smith

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
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 Charles Kingsford Smith wearing a pilots helmet and his Fokker Tri-motor plane, the Southern Cross.

Lettering:
SIR
CHARLES 1897
KINGSFORD 1935
SMITH
1 DOLLAR

Engraver: 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 (Sir Charles Kingsford Smith)

Comments

This Commemorative Aluminium-bronze coin was issued into circulation by the RAM and was also issued in the various Annual 1997 Proof, UNC Mint & Baby Sets. 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 slightly 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.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1997  24,381,000 0.90 2.09 2.62 Circulation
1997  3,617 Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1997  32,543 Proof Year Set
1997  50,500 UNC Dual Set
1997  27,421 UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1997  71,022 UNC Year Set

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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