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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 2nd Portrait - Imperial Lion Test Coin

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (2nd Portrait - Imperial Lion Test Coin) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (2nd Portrait - Imperial Lion Test Coin) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Pattern
Year 1977
Value 1 Dollar (1.00 AUD)
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel (Cu 84%, Ni 16%)
Weight 5 g
Diameter 21.4 mm
Shape Heptagonal (7-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes

Obverse

2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1977

Designer: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Reverse

Imperial Lion rampant, facing left, holding a pair of manual stampers

Lettering: TESTING R. AUST. MINT

Designer: Christopher Ironside

Christopher Ironside FSIA 1970, OBE 1971, FRBS 1977 was an English painter and coin designer, particularly known for the reverse sides of the new British coins issued on decimalisation in 1971.

Edge

7 Sided Smooth

Mint

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

Comments

A pattern One Dollar coin from 1977 struck by the Royal Australian Mint. The design was never used for any Australian coins except for a commemorative coin from 2004. The mintage is unknown but believed to be very small.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1977  Test Coin

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