|Coin||One Dollar 1997 Kingsford-Smith|
This circulating commemorative one dollar coin marks the centenary of the birth of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, aviation pioneer. It was designed and sculpted by Wojciech Pietranik and has now been in circulation for 22 years.
No regular (Mob of Roos) one dollar coins were released in 1997. Confusingly though, a DIFFERENT Kingsford-Smith commemorative was also struck as non-circulating legal tender (featuring a smaller portrait and airplane over a background of a world map).
|Mint||Royal Australian Mint
||Mintage||24,381,000 (24.4 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997.
||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
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, the dates 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 value and denomination 1 DOLLAR.
||SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH 1897 1935 1 DOLLAR
|Edge||Milled interrupted, in seven sections||Edge Inscription||None|
Proofs are not listed in Krause.