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Coin: One Dollar 2005 60th Anniversary of the End of WWII
Description

Coin commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2. The design was inspired by a newsreel image of a celebrating man hence is also known as the "Dancing Man".

On the 14th August 1945 Japan accepted the allied demands for surrender marking the end of World War II. The following day it was announced in Australia sparking feelings of joy and relief from all Australians. VP Day (Victory in the Pacific day) was reported in all the papers and the Australian government gazetted it a public holiday. USA and New Zealand preferred the term VJ Day (Victory over Japan Day) and named it as such.

On VP day August 15th 1945 the celebrations were rife. In the streets of Sydney a man was caught on motion picture film dancing in celebration. This film and the "dancing man" has taken on iconic status in symbolising the victory of WW II.

2005 marked the 60th anniversary of VP day and the RAM released a circulation one dollar coin depicting "Peace" and the image of the iconic dancing man. In a media release the RAM said the gentleman depicted was one Ern Hill, a retired electrician but there is much conjecture over this. There is more evidence that it is in fact Frank McAlary QC. Both these men and others claim to be the famous dancing man caught on camera dancing down Elizabeth Street on that day.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value1 (x Dollar) TypeOne Dollar Circulating Commemorative
Year2005 CurrentYes
Mintage34,200,000 (34.2 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 34,200,000 (34.2 million)
MaterialAluminium-Bronze DesignerWojciech Pietranik
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9
Obverse

Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Reverse

A celebrating man waving his hat in the air, the denomination 1 DOLLAR between the figure and its shadow below. Around above, WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945 PEACE. Designers initials WP in tiny letters under the right foot of the figure.

Reverse inscriptionWORLD WAR 1939 - 1945 PEACE 1 DOLLAR
EdgeMilled interrupted, in seven sections Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Krause lists mintage of 31,788,000 circulation coins plus various proofs.

One Dollar 2005 60th Anniversary of the End of WWII: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Silver proof 6,500 (hover mouse for text)
Gold proof 629 (hover mouse for text)
Proof unknown
One Dollar 2005 60th Anniversary of the End of WWII: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 747, 747a (Silver), 747b (Gold)
One Dollar 2005 60th Anniversary of the End of WWII: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof mintages
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proofs
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Design link
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One Dollar 2005 60th Anniversary of the End of WWII: Some useful external links
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