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Australia Golden Wattle

2001 Proof One Hundred Fifty Dollar reverse 2001 Proof One Hundred Fifty Dollar obverse

2001 Proof One Hundred Fifty Dollar

Mintage:1,124
Reverse Designer:Horst Hahne Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:30mm Weight:15.55g Edge:Reeded Composition:99.99% Gold

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This one hundred fifty Dollar gold proof coin issued in 2001 was the seventh to be released from a series of nine entitled Floral Emblems of Australia. The set was released between the years of 1995 and 2003 with a coin featuring the floral emblem of each state as well as the Commonwealth, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. This particular coin features the Golden Wattle, which is the floral emblem of the Commonwealth of Australia. Each emblem of the entire series is represented on three different coins. The first is a $150 half Troy ounce proof coin and the remaining two are both $100 one-third Troy ounce proof coins, one of which is an uncirculated version. (Royal Australian Mint, 2002) With regards to the $150 coins there was a limited mintage of 1500. Credit for the design of the reverse of this coin goes to Horst Hahne. The design is very simple and features the Golden Wattle, which takes up the majority of the space. The legend 150 DOLLARS is curved beneath the flower following the shape of the coin. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is surrounded by the legend that reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001. The $150 coins were issued in a Tasmanian Blackwood presentation case and accompanying it was a Certificate of Authenticity and booklet of information pertaining to the different floral emblems. The outer box was a burgundy colour and features the text FLORAL EMBLEMS OF AUSTRALIA written above a picture of the flower represented within. Below was written 2001 $150 GOLD PROOF. Additionally a larger presentation case was made available, in which the entire series can be housed.

The Golden Wattle, or Acacia pycnantha to some, is a tree, native to Australia and found in most states. The tree grows to about 8 metres in height and when it flowers in late winter, it produces beautiful fragrances from it's golden flowers. Both the bark and the flowers are used around the world as the smooth brown bark produces a high yield of tannin and the fluffy flowers can be used in perfumes.The trees are very distinctive especially in the late winter and spring months when the tree is covered in bright yellow flowers. The golden wattle and its colours have been a symbol of Australia for many years but it wasn't until 1988 that it became the floral emblem of Australia and September 1st became National Wattle Day.

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