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
and mint state condition.
The reverse of the coin was designed by Horst Hahne and features the
Coats of Arms of Northern Territory. The
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
reading "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1992". The two different versions of the coin were issued in different kinds of packaging. The
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
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.
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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