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Australia Northern Territory

1992  Ten Dollar reverse 1992  Ten Dollar obverse

1992 Ten Dollar

Reverse Designer:Horst Hahne Obverse Designer:Raphael Maklouf Size:34mm Weight:20g Edge:Reeded Composition:92.5% Silver
7.5% Copper


Sales History


This commemorative ten dollar coin is one piece from an 8 coin set known as the State Series. They were released on an annual basis between the years of 1985-1993, excluding the year 1988. Each coin commemorates a different Australian State or Territory and bears the Coat of Arms of each one. This coin pays tribute to the Northern Territory which was the seventh in the series and was issued in 1992. It was joined by Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory. Each of the coins were produced in sterling silver in both proof and mint state condition.

The reverse of the coin was designed by Horst Hahne and features the Coats of Arms of Northern Territory. The legend reads "10 DOLLARS" at the bottom and "NORTHERN TERRITORY" at the top. The obverse features Raphael Maklouf's portrait of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the legend reading "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1992". The two different versions of the coin were issued in different kinds of packaging. The proof coin was issued in a black, hinged presentation box. The outer box of which reads "ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT, $10 PROOF COIN, STATE SERIES, 1992". The mint state specimen was sealed onto a card and presented in a wallet style case also including a description card which provided a brief introduction to the history of the state. Once the entire series had been released a large black presentation case was issued suitable to house the entire series.

The Northern Territory has a vastarchaeologicalhistory and evidence has been found of indigenous Australians being present there over 40,000 years ago. Various attempts to settle in the Northern Territory were made by the British but the first one to be successful was Port Darwin in 1869. The economy is today supported largely by mining and the tourist industry. Kakadu National Park and Uluru (Ayres Rock) are both very popular tourists spots. (Wikipedia, 2013) The capital city of the Northern Territory is Darwin and other major settlements include Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek. Until 1863 it belonged to the state of New south Wales and then until 1911 was part of South Australia. In 1911 it was separated and became part of the commonwealth of Australia. It wasn't until 1978 that it was granted self-government and until this time the Northern Territory used the national Coat of arms. Later that year there own one was granted by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming the official symbol of the Northern Territory. The design incorporates many symbols of aboriginal culture, which isso prominent in this part of the continent. The wedge tailed eagle is featured in the crest and is resting on a tjuruna, which is an aboriginal ritual stone. The shield is supported on either side by a red kangaroo and the shield itself depicts an aboriginal painting.

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