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2003 Silver Proof One Dollar reverse 2003 Silver Proof One Dollar obverse

2003 Silver Proof One Dollar

Mintage:6,500
Reverse Designer:Wojciech Pietranik Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:25mm Weight:11.66g Edge:Interrupted Composition:99.99% Silver

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This commemorative one Dollar coin is one piece from the 2003 issue of the Royal Australian Mint's six coin year sets. This particular set was entitled Australia's Volunteers - Making a Difference and as the name suggests the series pays tribute to the unsung heroes who do in fact form the backbone of Australian Society. When the set was released in 2003 there were a recorded number of over 4 million people who volunteered their valuable time for the sake of the community. This one Dollar coin is joined in the set by an additional five coins each of different denominations and featuring a different design depicting the activities of Australia's volunteers. The denominations of these coins are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c and $2. There was also a Finale Hologram coin that was released separately at the end of the same year.

The reverse of this coin was designed by Wojciech Pietranik. In the centre and filling the majority of the coin is a very stylised impression of the map of Australia. Within the map is the legend AUSTRALIA'S VOLUNTEERS. Surrounding this, tight to the edge of the coin is the legend MAKING A DIFFERENCE and the denomination 1 Dollar. The obverse of the coin bears Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and surrounding this is the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003. The six coins that make up the set were presented in a sealed blue cardboard wallet and includes a descriptive card pertaining to the set. Writing on the outer box includes 2003 SIX COIN PROOF SET, AUSTRALIA'S VOLUNTEERS, and Making a Difference.

Volunteers play an important role in any community but Australia seems to have a particularly prominent and dedicated workforce of individuals willing to dedicate their time for the benefit of the community. Australia as a nation has been built with a significant amount of help from these unsung heroes who choose to sacrifice their free time, skills and knowledge in order to help others and to strengthen their community. In 2003 the Royal Australian Mint decided it was time to thank and celebrate these ordinary individuals who together perform the backbone of Australian society. (Royal Australian Mint, 2002) The coins issued look at the people and the work they do such as emergency services, carers, conservationist, charity workers and surf life guards who truly make a positive difference to the nation of Australia.

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