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

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 Mintageunknown
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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 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 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
Notes

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

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

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
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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 (Australian version)
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerRoyal Australian Mint
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.200 mm
Thickness3.460 mm
Mass9.000 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-YWPD-EJZN
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