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Australia Suffrage

2003  One Dollar reverse 2003  One Dollar obverse

2003 One Dollar

Mintage:10,007,225
Reverse Designer:Vladimir Gottwald Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:25mm Weight:9g Edge:Interrupted Composition:92% Copper
6% Aluminium
2% Nickel

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The Royal Australian Mint has released this one dollar piece to commemorate a century since women were given the right to vote in federal elections. The reverse was sculpted by Vladimir Gottwald and depicts his interpretation of an important banner made by Dora Meeson Coates. The reverse also contains the legend "CENTENARY OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE" and the denomination "1 DOLLAR". The obverse houses the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003".

In 1902 Australia become the first country in the world to give women the right to vote and be elected to federal parliament. Prior to this the individual colonies/states had passed similar legislation with South Australia giving the right to vote in 1894. The women's suffrage movement had begun much earlier with a number of substantial organisations working toward the goal. These groups pushed for change primarily through petition - contacting newspapers, magazines, holding speeches, and writing petitions.

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