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Coin: One Dollar 1997 Kingsford-Smith
Description

Coin commemorating the centenary of the birth of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, aviation pioneer.

Designed and sculpted by Wojciech Pietranik.

No regular (Mob of Roos) one dollar coins were released in 1996. Confusingly though, a DIFFERENT Kingsford-Smith commemorative was also released as non-circulating legal tender (featuring a smaller portrait and airplane over a background of a world map).

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value1 (x Dollar) TypeOne Dollar Circulating Commemorative
Year1997 CurrentYes
Mintage24,381,000 (24.4 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Australian Mint 24,381,000 (24.4 million) No mint mark
MaterialAluminium-Bronze DesignerWojciech Pietranik
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9
Obverse

Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing pearls (effigy known as the "Third portrait"). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997. In tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
Reverse

The reverse of the coin depicts a portrait of the aviator; to the left in four lines, SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH; to the right in two lines, 1897 1935. Below, an image of his airplane (a Fokker F.VIIb-3m) with its name SOUTHERN CROSS in large letters on its body. Below, the denomination 1 DOLLAR.

Reverse inscription

SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH 1897 1935 1 DOLLAR

EdgeMilled interrupted, in seven sections Edge inscription

None

Notes

Proofs are not listed in Krause.

One Dollar 1997 Kingsford-Smith: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof unknown
One Dollar 1997 Kingsford-Smith: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 327
One Dollar 1997 Kingsford-Smith: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
Royal Australian Mint 1997 Varieties link Proof
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Design link
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One Dollar 1997 Kingsford-Smith: Some useful external links
Australian Coin Collecting Blog - 1997 Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Birth Centenary
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