|Coin||Ten Dollars Silver 1987 New South Wales|
The regular circulating coinage of Australia includes coins from 5 cents up to two dollars. Apart from those, the Royal Australian Mint also issues non-circulating coins for collectors, some of which are made of silver and denominated as $10 (ten dollars). These are not bullion, since they are sold at prices much higher than the intrinsic value of the precious metal they contain.
This coin is part of a series which represents the individual States and Territories of the Commonwealth of Australia, and features the Coat of Arms of New South Wales.
New South Wales (commonly abbreviated as NSW) is a state on the east coast of Australia. The Colony of New South Wales was founded as a British penal colony in 1788. It originally comprised more than half of the Australian mainland with its western boundary set at 129th meridian east in 1825. The colony then also included the island territories of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania), Lord Howe Island, and Norfolk Island. During the 19th century, most of the colony's area was detached to form separate British colonies that eventually became the various states and territories of Australia.
The obverse of the coin shows the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right (her effigy known as the "Third Portrait"). The Queen is wearing the royal diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament, a pearl necklace and earrings.
Incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).
Around, the monarch's legend and the date of issue: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1987.
The reverse design of the coin features the Coat of Arms of New South Wales granted to the state by royal warrant of King Edward VII dated 11 October 1906. The shield is divided by a cross with a star on each arm and a lion in the centre known as the "Lion in the South". There is a golden fleece in the first and fourth quarters, and a wheat sheaf in the second and third quarters, symbols of agricultural wealth. The crest is a rising sun with each of the sun's rays tipped with a little flame, on a wreath.
The supporters are a lion on the left and a kangaroo on the right. On a ribbon below, the motto · ORTA · RECENS · QUAM · PURA · NITES · which is Latin for "newly risen, how brightly you shine".
On two lines below, the inscription COAT OF ARMS NEW SOUTH WALES. In larger letters around below, the face value 10 DOLLARS.
||COAT OF ARMS NEW SOUTH WALES 10 DOLLARS
The coin is made of sterling silver (92.5%).
Mintage includes 55,000 Brilliant Uncirculated coins distributed in a presentation wallet, and 50,500 cased proofs.
Coins in the Australian States and Territories Silver Ten Dollars series:
- $10 Silver, Victoria, 1985
- $10 Silver, South Australia, 1986
- $10 Silver, New South Wales, 1987
- $10 Silver, Queensland, 1989
- $10 Silver, Western Australia, 1990
- $10 Silver, Tasmania, 1991
- $10 Silver, Northern Territory, 1992
- $10 Silver, Australian Capital Territory, 1993