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Australia Pillar Dollar

2006 Antique Silver One Dollar reverse 2006 Antique Silver One Dollar obverse

2006 Antique Silver One Dollar

Reverse Designer:Horst Hahne Obverse Designer:Raphael Maklouf Size:50mm Weight:56.45g Edge:Interrupted Composition:99.99% Silver


Sales History


In 1800 New South Wales Governor Philip King made a proclamation in which he listed ten coins as legal tender in the colony. One of the pieces listed was the Spanish Silver Dollar (8 Reales) which was an extremely well-known coin used throughout the world. The Royal Australian Mint has commemorated the importance of the Spanish Silver Dollar in Australian numismatic history with the release of this one dollar piece. The reverse features the design of a 1758 Spanish silver dollar which was also known as a pillar dollar as at houses the imagery used to depict the famous 'Pillars of Hercules' which flank the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. This design is then contained within a further legend that states "'PILLAR DOLLAR'" and the denomination "ONE DOLLAR". The obverse features the obverse design used on the 1758 Pillar Dollar contained within a legend stating "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006".

The piece was released as part of the subscription dollar series which ran yearly between 1996 and 2011 with the exception of 2001. The subscription series was distinct from others as each issue was made to order. This meant that the total mintage was limited to the number of orders that had been made in advance of mintage. The series commemorated Australian numismatic history with a number of significant designs being re-struck as well as coins celebrating milestones such as a century of Australian coinage.

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