The Canberra Bluebell Counterstamp $1
Visitors to the *Royal Australian Mint between the 2nd and 10th March had the opportunity to strike an extra special counterstamp onto the mintmark dollar for 2012. The wheat sheaf dollar coin already with a C mintmark was placed into the Mint's mobile coin press and stamped with a Canberra Bluebell counterstamp. The bluebell is the floral emblem of the ACT. This special issue is part of "ENLIGHTEN 2012" Canberra's autumn festival to see Canberra in a whole new light which corresponds with tours of the factory floor where ticketholders were able to get up close and personal behind the scenes of many aspects of the minting process at the RAM.
The wheat sheaf design is the mintmark dollar for 2012, the reissue of George Kruger Gray's design seen on the Australian threepence. The obverse of this coin features the effigy of QEII by Ian Rank-Broadley. It's the standard sized one dollar at 25mm in diameter weighing 9 grams struck in aluminium bronze.
This issue has a capped mintage of 15,000 coins but you'll find the exact mintage on the 2012 One Dollar Issues and Mintages Table.
*There is also a dealer allocation of these coins.
The Canberra Bluebell Counterstamp $1 as issued
Posted by harrisk at March 5, 2012 10:58 AM
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