One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly, Coin from Australia - detailed information

One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly, Coin from Australia
CoinOne Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly

The one dollar coin denomination (written as $1) was introduced in Australia in 1984, replacing the earlier banknotes. The original definitive type featuring five kangaroos has not been changed since its introduction and is still issued regularly.

Apart from the regular design, the Royal Australian Mint issues a large variety of circulating commemorative one dollar coins which have the same specifications and circulate in parallel with the definitive type - such as this one.

This circulating commemorative dollar coin is part of the The Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2 campaign - a series of 26 different $1 coins where each features a letter of the English alphabet and an Australian symbol starting with that letter. The coin for the letter U features the Ulysses Butterfly.

U is for Ulysses Butterfly - a prized insect with iridescent blue wings framed by black. Specific to Queensland (and tropical countries nearby), the Ulysses Butterfly is often used as a symbol of tourism for the state. Also known as the Mountain Blue Butterfly, its scientific name is Papilio ulysses and it boasts a wingspan of up to 130 millimetres. Unfortunately, life as a beautiful Ulysses Butterfly is short, with the delicate creature only flitting around for several weeks.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage456,000
Obverse
Australia / One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders) and extends almost to the rim of the coin; consequently, the legend does not run continuously around the rim.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in tiny letters below left.

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Reverse
Australia / One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly - reverse photo

The reverse shows three Ulysses butterflies in flight.

On the left, a large letter U; below right, ULYSSES BUTTERFLY; around below, the value and denomination ONE DOLLAR.

Reverse Inscription U ULYSSES BUTTERFLY ONE DOLLAR
EdgeMilled interrupted, in seven sectionsEdge InscriptionNone
See also

Coins in The Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2 series include:
- One Dollar 2021 A - Akubra
- One Dollar 2021 B - BBQ
- One Dollar 2021 C - Cherry Ripe
- One Dollar 2021 D - Dingo
- One Dollar 2021 E - Emu
- One Dollar 2021 F - Flies
- One Dollar 2021 G - Great Barrier Reef
- One Dollar 2021 H - Home and Away
- One Dollar 2021 I - Ironbark
- One Dollar 2021 J - Jolly Swagman
- One Dollar 2021 K - Koala
- One Dollar 2021 L - Lyrebird
- One Dollar 2021 M - Milo
- One Dollar 2021 N - Nobby's Nuts
- One Dollar 2021 O - (Sydney) Opera House
- One Dollar 2021 P - Pavlova
- One Dollar 2021 Q - Queen Victoria Market
- One Dollar 2021 R - Redback Spider
- One Dollar 2021 S - Sydney Harbour Bridge
- One Dollar 2021 T - Tim Tam
- One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly
- One Dollar 2021 V - Victa Lawnmower
- One Dollar 2021 W - Witchetty Grub
- One Dollar 2021 X - Xanthorrhoea
- One Dollar 2021 Y - Yabby
- One Dollar 2021 Z - Zinc Sunscreen

The 2019 Australian Coin Hunt coin for the letter U featured the Aussie Ute.

One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Unirculated coins in RAM mint sets.

In Set Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2, mintage unknown
Variety In coin sleeve
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Individual uncirculated coin in cardboard sleeve. RAM Product Code: 710199. Issue price: AU$ 3.00.

Variety Proof
Images Australia / One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly / Proof - obverse photo Australia / One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 2,500. Mintage limit: 2,500
Details

Proof coins in RAM mint sets.

In Set Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2 - Proof Set, mintage 2,500
Variety Silver Proof
Images Australia / One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly / Silver Proof - obverse photo Australia / One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly / Silver Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 500. Mintage limit: 500
Material0.999 Silver
Details

11.66 g of 99.9% silver; diameter 25.20 mm; thickness 3.25 mm. Released in 26-coin set only.

In Set Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2 - Silver Proof Set, mintage 500
Showing 51 from a total of 151 coins of type: One Dollar
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Dollar 2021 J - Jolly Swagman 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 K - Koala 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 L - Lyrebird 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 M - Milo 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 N - Nobby's Nuts 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 O - Opera House 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 P - Pavlova 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 Q - Queen Victoria Market 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 R - Redback Spider 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 S - Sydney Harbour Bridge 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 T - Tim Tam 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 V - Victa Lawnmower 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 W - Witchetty Grub 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 X - Xanthorrhoea 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 Y - Yabby 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 Z - Zinc Sunscreen 456,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 Donation Dollar unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
One Dollar 2021 The Wiggles - Original Members 300,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2021 The Wiggles - New Members 300,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
One Dollar 2022 Mob of Roos unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 A - Aussie Aussie Aussie unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 B - Bushrangers unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 C - Cockatoo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 D - Darrell Lea unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 E - Echidna unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 F - Farmers unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 G - Great Ocean Road unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 H - Hooroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 I - Irukandji Jellyfish unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 J - Jumbuck unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 K - Kelpie unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 L - Luna Park unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 M - Magpie unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 N - Nullarbor Plain unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 O - Opal unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 P - Pinnacles unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 Q - Quoll unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 R - R. M. Williams unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 S - Surfing unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 T - Tasmanian Devil unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 U - Undara Lava Tubes unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 V - Vanilla Slice unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 W - Wattle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 X - Crux unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 Y - Yarra Valley unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 Z - Zebra Finch unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 Australian Dinosaurs - Diamantinasaurus 292,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 Australian Dinosaurs - Australovenator 292,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 Australian Dinosaurs - Kunbarrasaurus 292,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
One Dollar 2022 Australian Dinosaurs - Elaphrosaurine 292,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
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One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOne Dollar Circulating Commemorative
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Circulation Mintage456,000
Total Mintage456,000
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerBronwyn Scott
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.2000 mm
Thickness3.4600 mm
Mass9.0000 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-YWPD-EJZN
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One Dollar 2021 U - Ulysses Butterfly: Photos
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$1 2021 - U is for Ulysses Butterfly - Silver Proof
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$1 2021 - U is for Ulysses Butterfly
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