|Coin||One Dollar 2020 Qantas - The Flying Kangaroo|
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".
This first coin in the set, featuring Qantas' iconic Flying Kangaroo, is larger than the others and is made of pure copper; the other ten are made of Aluminium Bronze; 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.
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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 central part of the reverse design of the coin is made to look as a jet engine viewed from the front, with the kangaroo silhouette trademark owned by Qantas Airways Limited superimposed over the centre.
The engine is enclosed in a circular frame with a black border, consisting of four concentric lines in grey, light grey, red and white.
Around the outer rim, three groups of three flying air-planes each, all of them different and representing various machines used by Qantas throughout its history; the lines behind them are a stylised representation of an aircraft’s wake turbulence.
Above left, a jumping kangaroo - the famous symbol of Australia.
Around below, the inscription QANTAS; around right on two lines, the anniversary dates 1920 - 2020.
The designer’s initials SMS (for Stevan Michael Stojanovic) are around below right, next to the coin edge.
||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