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10 Dollars - Elizabeth II Birds of Australia - Wedge-tailed Eagle

10 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Birds of Australia - Wedge-tailed Eagle) -  obverse10 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Birds of Australia - Wedge-tailed Eagle) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1994
Value 10 Dollars
10.00 AUD = 6.81 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 20 g
Diameter 33.5 mm
Thickness 2.9 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 223
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Birds of Australia Series

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1994

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Wedge tailed eagle

Lettering: 10 DOLLARS

Engraver: Horst Hahne

Horst Hahne PSM, is an Australian sculptor, medallist and designer. Signature: "HH"

Edge

Continuous reeding

10 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Birds of Australia - Wedge-tailed Eagle) -  obverse

© Richard Thomas

Comments

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is often seen in pairs soaring high on motionless wings. When it sights its prey - such as rabbits, carrion, marsupials, and birds - it attacks with an amazing burst of speed. It builds a very large nest (sometimes measuring two and a half metres across) high in an isolated tree so the sitting bird has a clear view. The fourth largest eagle in the world, the Wedge-tail gracefully represents Australia's harsh and powerful beauty.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1994  23,326 Proof

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