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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Year of the Dragon

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Dragon) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Dragon) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2012
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.72 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1680
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

Year of the Dragon

Series: Lunar series II

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2012
1 DOLLAR
IRB

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.

Reverse

Dragon inside inner circle with authentic chinese symbols all in a symetrical design, chinese character for dragon to right

Lettering:
2012

YEAR OF
THE
DRAGON

Translation: 龙 = Dragon

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Dragon) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

In 2007 the RAM launched an on-going series of Aluminium-bronze NCLT 25mm one dollar coins depicting each Lunar year and their representative animals. The series ran until 2018. The "Year of the Dragon" was the sixth coin in the series and was issued in a long coincard.



The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle, each year being represented by an animal. People born in the "Year of the Dragon" wear the crown of destiny and are capable of great achievements if they know how to harness their tremendous energy, intelligence and talent.

A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was also released in a plush square red box.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2012  20,160 UNC in Coincard

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