Australian Dollar Coins - 2007 International Polar Year Dollar

November 3, 2009


2007 International Polar Year One Dollar

The International Polar Year which ran from March 2007 to March 2009 was a multi national scientific program that focussed on the Arctic and Antarctic. This was the fourth IPY event of the last 150 years and it had particular areas of interest in how polar ice was changing, what impact changes in the polar regions will have globally, how the 4 million people that live in or close to the Arctic regions will be affected, and what can be learned about the planets history from ice records. As the owner of the largest region of the Antarctic (the Australian Antarctic Territory) Australia was a major participant of the IPY and the Australian government legislated that the RAM release a series of coins signifying this. One of these coins was a standard 9.0g, 25mm aluminium bronze dollar that was released in 2007 to the collector community via a NCLT release.

The obverse of the coin shows the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen of England. The attractive reverse was modeled by Wojciech Pietranik. It depicts a map of the Antarctic with converging latitude lines and marked with the locations of important Antarctic bases such as Mawson, Davis, and Casey. Overlaying all of this is the image of a 19th century sail powered ice supply ship. 29,893 of these dollars were released to collectors in colourful information cards.

Posted by mnemtsas at November 3, 2009 1:14 PM
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