|Coin||Ten Dollars Silver 1991 Tasmania|
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 Tasmania.
Tasmania, Australia's Island State, contains not only huge areas of forest wilderness, but also untamed wild rivers, peaceful mountain lakes, fertile rolling farmlands and sophisticated cities. European settlement has left its mark with many of Australia's oldest historic buildings. In fact Hobart is Australia's second oldest capital, founded in 1804.
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 1991.
The reverse design of the coin features the Coat of Arms of Tasmania granted to the state by King George V in May 1917. The shield is divided into five parts displaying significant examples of Tasmanian industry: a sheaf of wheat, hops, a ram, apples, and a "garb and thunderbolts" above right. It is surmounted by a lion that also features on the State badge.
The shield is supported by two thylacines (Tasmanian tigers/wolves). On a ribbon below, the motto · UBERTAS · ET · FIDELITAS · which is Latin for "Fertility and Faithfulness".
Around above, the inscription TASMANIA. Around below, the face value 10 DOLLARS.
||TASMANIA 10 DOLLARS
The coin is made of sterling silver (92.5%).
Mintage includes 26,150 Brilliant Uncirculated coins distributed in a presentation folder, 27,664 cased proofs, and 1,000 proofs in a special Tasmanian Coin Fair issue.
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