The 1977 Pattern One Dollar was created as a test piece by the Royal Australian
Mint. The heptagonal design was never issued on any Australian coins with the exception of a commemorative piece
issued in 2004 as part of a series of pattern re-strikes. The design was rejected due to manufacturing complexities which
would have made mass production impractical.
(Royal Australian Mint, 2004)
The reverse of the pattern was designed by Christopher Ironside and
features a the depiction of a heraldic lion with the
"TESTING R. AUST. MINT". The obverse features the Arnold Machin effigy
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the
"ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1977".
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