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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Unlikely Heroes - Blue Chequer Cock

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Blue Chequer Cock) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Blue Chequer Cock) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
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 ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Unlikely Heroes Great and Small Series

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2015
IRB
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

Depiction of a Blue Chequer Cock or Carrier Pigeon Surrounded by Blue Sky.

Edge

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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Blue Chequer Cock)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This NCLT Aluminium-bronze $1 colourised coin was released in a coincard by the RAM in 2015 as part of a six coin series of ANZAC themed Animals at War coins. Mintage to be confirmed but capped at 30,000.



Pigeons have been unsung heroes of many conflicts, carrying messages across battlefields when aeroplanes, radios and human feet would have been too easily detected by the enemy. The soldiers needed help, but their radio had failed. With pigeon power their only hope; DD.43.Q.879 had to face the danger when two other pigeons had already been shot down. Against the odds, he reached HQ with this important message, and help was dispatched to save the patrol. ‘Q’ served with the Australian Army in 1944, and was awarded the Dickin Medal for “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty”.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2015  30,000 UNC in Coincard

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