|Coin||One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Airbus A380|
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.
This coin is part of an eleven-piece commemorative set celebrating the Centenary (100th anniversary) of Qantas.
Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia, and is the third-oldest airline in the world after KLM and Avianca. The company was founded in November 1920; it began international passenger flights in May 1935. The Qantas name comes from "QANTAS", an acronym for its original name, Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services, as it originally served Queensland and the Northern Territory only. It is nicknamed "The Flying Kangaroo".
The first coin in the set is made of pure copper; this is one of the ten which are made of Aluminium Bronze (same specifications as the circulating $1); all of them have coloured reverses and are in Brilliant Uncirculated grade. Each coin in the set is packaged in its own card with an explanatory text.
This coin features the Airbus A380, a new-generation wide-body aircraft operated by Qantas since 2008. The plane seats 484 passengers, has maximum take-off weight of 575 tonnes, cruise speed of 920 km/h and a range of 15,200 km.
These coins were made for collectors only. None of them were released into circulation.
The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide but "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, where the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald was fifth).
The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen mother) in 1937.
Unlike on British coinage, the effigy includes the Queen's shoulders. On regular circulating coins it extends almost to the rim of the coin. Consequently, on them the legend does not run continuously around the rim. On commemorative coins the effigy is smaller and the value and denomination are below.
The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are incuse in tiny letters in the left field of the effigy (on the Queen's right shoulder, near the rim).
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·.
The value and denomination · 1 DOLLAR · are around below.
The centre of the reverse design features an Airbus A380 aircraft in flight, with QANTAS along its body and the Qantas logo on the tail fin. The central circle is partly enclosed in a circular frame with a black border, consisting of five concentric lines in grey, light grey, red, white and black. Around below in the central circle, the anniversary dates 1920 - 2020.
Below right, interrupting the coloured lines and enclosed in another circle, is the Qantas Airways Limited logo as used in 2007, being a jumping ("flying") kangaroo within a triangle.
Around the outer rim, four stylised airplane shapes, behind two of which there are stylised representation of an aircraft’s wake turbulence, as well as arrow shapes and two circles.
Around above the outer rim, the inscription AIRBUS A380. Around below, QANTAS.
The designer’s initials SMS (for Stevan Michael Stojanovic) are around below right, near the rim.
||AIRBUS A380 QANTAS 1920 - 2020
|Edge||Milled interrupted, in seven sections||Edge Inscription||None
|Issued in Set|
|Qantas Centenary Coin Set - 2020 $1 Coloured Uncirculated Coin Set, mintage unknown
11 coins: $1 The Flying Kangaroo, $1 Fysh and MgGinnes, $1Avro 504, $1 Empire Flying Boat, $1 Double Sunrise Service, $1 Kangaroo Route, $1 Boeing 707, $1 Boeing 747, $1 Australian Airlines Merger, $1 Airbus A380, $1 Boeing 787