One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Double Sunrise Service, Coin from Australia - detailed information

One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Double Sunrise Service, Coin from Australia
CoinOne Dollar 2020 Qantas - Double Sunrise Service

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 commemorates the so-called Double Sunrise service which was formed in 1943 to re-establish the Australia to England air link that had been cut due to the fall of Singapore to the Japanese troops in 1942. The service initially operated from its base in Nedlands, Western Australia near Perth, to the Royal Air Force base at Lake Koggala near Galle in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The service carried mostly priority mail, and very few passengers. It was later extended to Karachi in India (now part of Pakistan), which was the terminus for the BOAC service from England. The name of the service was derived from the crew and passengers observing two sunrises on each flight. Another service over the Indian Ocean, named the "Kangaroo Service", was added in 1944; it was the first to feature the Flying Kangaroo logo.

The design of the coin features a Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat. Five of these machines, on loan from BOAC, serviced the flights. The plane seats only three passengers, has maximum take-off weight of 15,876 kg, cruise speed of 200 km/h and a range of 6,700 km.

These coins were made for collectors only. None of them were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Double Sunrise Service - obverse photo

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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Reverse
Australia / One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Double Sunrise Service - reverse photo

The centre of the reverse design features a Consolidated PBY Catalina (a fixed-winged seaplane with a hull) in flight; it is named ALTAIR and marked G-AGID. The plane is over the ocean, with a sunrise visible in the background partially obscured (by the moon). The central circle is partly enclosed in a circular frame with a black border, consisting of five concentric lines in grey, light grey, light blue, red and white. Around above 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 being a jumping ("flying") kangaroo, within a rim inscribed QANTAS EMPIRE AIRWAYS around above and KANGAROO SERVICE below.

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 DOUBLE SUNRISE SERVICE. Around below, QANTAS.

The designer’s initials SMS (for Stevan Michael Stojanovic) are around below right, near the rim.

Reverse Inscription DOUBLE SUNRISE SERVICE QANTAS 1920 - 2020
EdgeMilled interrupted, in seven sectionsEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin design was approved by the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2019 Royal Australian Mint No. 5) Determination 2019 on 11 September 2019.

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
See also

Separately from this set, there is also a circulating commemorative Qantas Centenary $1 coin.

All (48) coins of type: One Dollar, NCLT
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Dollar 1999 (Silver, Shilling) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999 · ONE DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) 5,829 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
One Dollar 2010 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2010 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
One Dollar 2010 Burke and Wills unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
One Dollar 2011 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2011 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2011 Australian Bush Babies - Koala unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2011 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2011 Australian Bush Babies - Dingo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2011 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2011 Australian Bush Babies - Bilby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2011 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2011 Australian Bush Babies - Sugar Glider unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2011 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2011 Australian Bush Babies - Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2011 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
One Dollar 2012 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2012 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2013 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2013 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2013 Bush Babies - Australian Kookaburra unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2013 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2013 Australian Bush Babies - Possum unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2013 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2013 Australian Bush Babies - Platypus unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2013 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2013 Australian Bush Babies - Echidna unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2013 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2013 Australian Bush Babies - Wombat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2013 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2014 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2014 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2015 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2015 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2016 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2016 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2017 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2017 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2018 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2018 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2019 Moon Landing unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
One Dollar 2019 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2019 (Gottwald Portrait) 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
One Dollar 2020 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Merry Christmas unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Happy Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Good Luck unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - The Flying Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Fysh and MgGinnes unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Avro 504 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Empire Flying Boat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Double Sunrise Service unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Kangaroo Route unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Boeing 707 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Boeing 747 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Australian Airlines Merger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Airbus A380 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Boeing 787 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2020 Eureka! Australia's Gold Rush unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2021 Australian Citizenship unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2021 Happy Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2021 Heroes of the Sky unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2021 Kangaroo Toys unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
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One Dollar 2020 Qantas - Double Sunrise Service: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOne Dollar, NCLT
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit40,000
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerStevan Stojanovic
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.000 mm
Mass9.000 g
OCC IDRNAZ-EGWC-YJGP-EXJL
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