One Dollar 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT), Coin from Australia - detailed information

One Dollar 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT), Coin from Australia
CoinOne Dollar 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT)

The one dollar coin circulating denomination (written as $1) was introduced in Australia in 1984, replacing the earlier banknotes. The original reverse design by Stuart Devlin featuring five kangaroos - known in Australia as the "Mob of Roos" design - has not been changed since its introduction.

The denomination is also used by both the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint to issue an extensive range of collector coins, which are legal tender in Australia - such as this one.

The arrival of the Merino sheep with the First Fleet in 1788 began one of Australia’s most successful industries. By 1870, only 82 years after the arrival of those first Merinos, Australia had become the largest producer and supplier of wool in the world.The humble Merino has also featured on Australian coinage over the years - from the one shilling coin of 1937-1963, the fifty cent coin in 1991 and gracing the two dollar note from 1966-1983.

So for the two coin year sets in 2011 the Royal Australian Mint decided to pay homage to wool, the foundation of the burgeoning economy which led to the phrase that Australia "rode on the sheep’s back".

The coin was issued in a small two-coin set together with a non-circulating 20 cents coin on the same topic; the sets were in brilliant uncirculated grade (Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 310011, issue price: A$15.00) or proof (Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 210013, issue price: A$45.00).

No coins of this type were issued into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown

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 2011.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011

The reverse features an Australian shearer hard at work against a textured background representing a fleece; the field below looks like the map of Australia. Around above, the text RIDING ON THE SHEEP'S BACK - AUSTRALIAN WOOL. The numeral 1 for the value is incuse on the map; the denomination DOLLAR is around below.

The designer's initial G (for Vladimir Gottwald) is in a small circle under the map.

EdgeMilled interrupted, in seven sectionsEdge InscriptionNone
One Dollar 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT): Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: unknown

In a two-coin set together with the Riding on the Sheep's Back 20 cents coin. Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 210013, issue price of the set: A$45.00.

Royal Mint
Royal Mint
One Dollar 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT): Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOne Dollar (NCLT)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintageunknown
DesignerVladimir Gottwald
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.120 mm
Mass9.000 g
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