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Australia Coronation

2003 Proof One Hundred Dollar reverse 2003 Proof One Hundred Dollar obverse

2003 Proof One Hundred Dollar

Reverse Designer:Peter Soobik Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:34mm Weight:31.1g Edge:Reeded Composition:99.99% Gold


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This gold commemorative coin pays tribute to the Queens Golden Jubilee in 2003 and celebrates her 50 years on the throne. She has always shown great affection and commitment towards the people of Australia and during her time on the throne she has overseen numerous global events. This coin designed specifically for the occasion and issued by the Royal Australian Mint is one of the tributes that were released after being approved by Buckingham Palace. With a limited mintage of just 660, it makes a great collectors item.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926 and was named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. She was born in London the eldest daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York who would go on to become King George VI and his wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. The young Elizabeth was known by the immediate family as Lillibet and she had a younger sibling, Princess Margaret. At the time of her birth, Elizabeth was third in line to her thrown whilst her father Prince Albert was second behind his elder brother. When Elizabeth's grand-father, King George V died her Uncle Edward became King. Later that same year, 1936 and coming as quite a shock to the family, Edward abdicated the throne in order to marry an American divorcee leading Prince Albert to succeed as King George VI. Elizabeth became heiress presumptive and as the King didn't go on to have a son, she would go on to become the Queen of the United kingdom and the Commonwealth realms.

During the Second World War both Elizabeth and her sister Margaret remained in the UK. They were educated at home and began to make public appearances from an early age. Elizabeth met Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark, her distant cousin a number of times throughout her childhood. In 1939 at the age of just 13 they began exchanging letters during which time she is said to have fallen in love. There engagement was announced 8 years later in 1947. The engagement was met with some controversy as many did not think Price Phillip good enough and his foreign origin was opposed. He dropped his title and took his British mothers maiden name and the couple were married with two children by 1950. After the war the health of King George VI began to decline and Elizabeth was taking on more and more royal responsibilities. In 1952 she heard news of her father death whilst touring Kenya and returned home to be made Queen. The televised coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth is a popular Queen who has taken part in numerous historic meetings has witnessed major national and global events through her reign. She has had her own personal celebrations and sorrows relating to her family and celebrated her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

This particular coin released in 2003 formed part of a two coin set issued in commemoration of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The accompanying coin is a 50 cents fine silver proof coin and the set is a progression from a similar two coin set that was issued in 2002 in commemoration of the Queens Accession to the throne. These coins were packaged in a plush red presentation case with also contained an information booklet and Certificate of Authenticity. As these coins complement the two coins of the Accession Set to complete the series commemorating the Golden Jubilee a large case capable of housing all four coins was also made available.

The reverse of the coin was designed by Peter Soobik who decided to use an image of the young Queen with her crown newly placed on her head. The focus is on her face and the expression of confidence she has despite her young age and the huge responsibilities that had recently been placed on her shoulders. Also included in the design is the royal crown and the wattle flower. The wattle incorporates a part of Australia into the coin. Surrounding these central images almost banner like around the edge of the coin is the legend ELIZABETH II CORONATION. 1953 50th ANNIVERSARY 2003. 100 DOLLARS. The obverse of the coin features the more up to date portrait of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, which is surrounded by the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003.

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