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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Imperial Lion Test Coin

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Imperial Lion Test Coin) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Imperial Lion Test Coin) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Pattern
Year 1977
Value 1 Dollar (1 AUD)
Composition Copper-nickel (Cu 84%, Ni 16%)
Weight 5 g
Diameter 21.4 mm
Shape Heptagon
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

Engraver: 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

Engraver: 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.

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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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
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