Australian One Dollar Coins 2012 Sir Douglas Mawson Inspirational Australians Series

July 21, 2012

2012 Sir Douglas Mawson $1

This Sir Douglas Mawson one dollar coin released by the Royal Australian Mint is a tribute to the life's work of this courageous geologist and explorer. He led the Australian Antarctic expedition in 1911 and was a pioneer in Antarctic exploration and scientific study. He died in 1958 at the age of 76. You may remember him as the face on the Australian paper $100 note!

This is the fifth coin in the Inspirational Australians series which has seen a coin released each year since 2008. Other inspirational Australians depicted are Dame Joan Sutherland in 2011, Fred Hollows in 2010, Steve Irwin in 2009 and Saint Mary MacKillop in 2008. These 25mm aluminium bronze one dollar coins are collector coins only but are the same as their circulating cousins in all specifications.

The Sir Douglas Mawson reverse is sculpted by RAM designer Wojciech Pietranik, his WP initials can be seen on the design. It depicts Mawson in front of a map of the Antarctic territory. The legends reads "Inspirational Australians: Scientific Research Sir Douglas Mawson 1882-1958 1 Dollar". The obverse features Queen Elizabeth II depicted by Ian Rank-Broadley. It's issued in a collector card for $13.50, find the mintage in the 2012 mintages table.

Posted by harrisk at July 21, 2012 12:59 PM
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