This Five Dollar silver
coin is the third of six that make up the 2001 Masterpieces in Silver Set, commemorating the Federation. As 2001 marked
100 years since the joining together of the individual British colonies to form the federation of Australia, the Royal Australian
Mint celebrated with a number of specially designed coin collections and series to pay tribute to the historical event. This
particular series focuses on the men and women that paid a significant contribution to the movement to Federation and therefore
helped to shape the national constitution. The reverse of each of the
coins bears up to three portraits of some of the influential people stuck onto pure silver. The high quality finish that
is achieved on these
silver coins makes them made them a popular addition to any sized collection. This series has a limited
of just 10,000. The Centenary of Federation issues from the RAM were finished off with a special Finale Hologram Coin.
The reverse of the coin was designed by Wojciech Pietranik and along
with five of the coins from the set features the portraits of important figures involved with the movement.Sitting on top
of a stylised background are the portraits of three men each within their own individual rectangular frames. These men are
Charles Kingston, Sir Edmund Barton and Alfred Deakin. Within space created in between the frames reads KINGSTON BARTON and
DEAKIN. At the right hand side of the coin is the denomination 5 DOLLARS. The obverse of the coin features the Ian-Rank Broadley
portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and surrounding the iconic image of the monarch is the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA
2001 and the denomination 5 DOLLARS. The series was packaged in an attractive blue outer box with a metallic silver presentation
case, which housed all 6 coins. Also included was a Certificate of Authenticity and an interesting booklet containing information
pertaining to the Federation and each of the influential men and women, to whom this set pays tribute.
Before the continent that we know today as the Commonwealth of Australia formed to become one nation, it consisted of
individual self-governing British colonies. During the mid-late 19th century the idea of a Federation to unify the colonies
was considered but it wasn't until 1900 that the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act was passed and given Royal Assent
by Queen Victoria.
On the 1st January 1901 Sir Edmond Barton was signed in as the interim Prime Minister of Australia and collectively the
colonies became the states of the Commonwealth of Australia. The three men to whom this coin pays tribute were some of Australia's
earliest and most influential leaders and all three led the way into the Federation. Charles Kingston was premier of South
Australia during the important period of time leading up the to the Federation. Sir Edmund Barton became the first Prime
Minister of Australia and was succeeded by Alfred Deakin.
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