|Coin||One Dollar 2022 Australian Overland Telegraph Line, Perth Mint|
The one dollar coin denomination (written as $1) was introduced in Australia in 1984, replacing the earlier banknotes. The original reverse design by Stuart Devlin on circulating coins has not been changed since its introduction. The denomination is also often used to issue circulating commemorative coins with various reverses.
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 but are not intended for circulation - such as this one. The coin is larger than the normal $1 coins.
The Mint says about this coin:
On 22 August 1872, the Overland Telegraph line between Adelaide and Darwin was finally connected. It was the result of years of planning and 23 months of arduous construction through the arid centre of the continent and the wet, mosquito-infested terrain of the Top End. The telegraph involved 36,000 poles across 2,839 kilometres, from Port Augusta in the south to Darwin in the north, through territory virtually unexplored by Europeans. This huge logistical achievement has been called the greatest engineering feat of the 19th-century Australia.
||Mint Mark||Letter P
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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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). In small letters on the left, the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark).
Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 1 DOLLAR ·.
The coin portrays a stylised representation of telegraph poles and their shadows, with a stylised cloudy sky.
Between the poles, the inscription 150TH ANNIVERSARY, below which THE OVERLAND TELEGRAPH’S COMPLETION.
The Perth Mint’s P mint mark is on the left. The face value and date of issue are on the obverse.
||150TH ANNIVERSARY THE OVERLAND TELEGRAPH’S COMPLETION
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in a PNC. Affixed to a commemorative envelope featuring some of the visionaries of the Overland Telegraph, including Charles Todd, South Australia’s Superintendent of Telegraphs and the Postmaster-General who was responsible for this feat, this stamp and coin cover features a $1.10 stamp. It also includes Australia Post’s Seal of Authenticity. Postmarked First Day of Issue, 23 August 2022, Alice Springs NT 0870.
Perth Mint ISKU: 22O84AAD
Issue price: AU$ 17.95.