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

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

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 1 Dollar
AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.50 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2016
1 DOLLAR

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

Monkey with authentic Chinese symbols all in a symmetrical design. Chinese character for Monkey to right

Lettering:
2016

YEAR OF THE MONKEY

Translation: 猴 = Monkey

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 Monkey)

© Mike Bentley

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 Monkey" was the tenth coin in the series and was issued in a long coincard.


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

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle, each year being represented by an animal. People born in the "Year of the Monkey" are naturally quick witted and good at problem solving. Famous Goats include "Tom Hanks", "Will Smith" & "Yao Ming" Cole.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2016  14,907 UNC in Long Coincard

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