Australian Dollar Coins - 2011 Australian Wool Dollar

November 21, 2010

2011 Australian Wool One Dollar -note obverse has strike through error on HM's nose.

"Riding on the Sheep's Back" Australian Wool is the theme for the 2011 two coin sets issued by the Royal Australian Mint. The designs on a 20c and one dollar coin capture the essence of how primary industry in wool production has been a major contributor to the rising Australian economy. Australia has been exporting wool since 1811, 100 years ago. Merino sheep first arrived with the Fleet in 1788 which began one of our most successful industries. Australia is the world leader in wool production with the majority still being from Merino sheep.

The reverse design by Vladimir Gottwald features a shearer busily shearing a sheep on a map of Australia. The textured background represents the crimped fleece of the sheep -the Merino being well known for having the finest crimp and finest fibre (microns). The obverse is the standard effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley.

The one dollar is the standard 25mm, 9 gram aluminium bronze type that you would see in circulation but has been issued as a collector coin only. It has been issued in a 2 coin uncirculated set of which there is a capped mintage of 40,000 for $15 and a 2 coin proof set with a capped mintage of 25,000 for $45. See the most up to date mintage information in the 2011 mintage table.

Posted by harrisk at November 21, 2010 9:30 AM
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