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Australia Ashes

2007  One Dollar reverse 2007  One Dollar obverse

2007 One Dollar

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


Sales History


This one dollar uncirculated commemorative coin pays tribute to the on going and well celebrated rivalry of the Ashes Test series. As cricket series go, the Ashes is one of the most popular not only between the two competing countries of Australia and England but also by international spectators. A number of coins have been issued by the Royal Australian Mint in celebration of the event and rivalry, each of which make great collectors items for both fans of coins and fans of cricket. The Ashes is the name given to the biennially played Test cricket match between England and Australia.

The match was first played in 1877 and over time a great rivalry has developed, which is watched and celebrated all over the world. The series which consists of 5 Test matches is played alternately in Australia and England. The Ashes series is always great anticipated and has become a popular and loved tradition in both countries. The name the Ashes was first associated with the Test series back in 1882 after a series played in England at The Oval. Australia won for the first time in an English ground and the result shocked and surprised both teams. The crowd fell into silence on the conclusion of the match before flooding the field in celebration. (Wikipedia, 2013)

As a result of the match, an article was published in The Times, a British newspaper in the style of an obituary. It suggested that English cricket had died and a quote from the satirical obituary reads The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. When England returned to Australia during the following tour it became a quest to regain the ashes. Despite the term being widely recognised and understood both in England and Australia, it didn't really take off as the official name of the series until the early 1900's when George Giffen used the term in his memoirs and Pelham Warner captained a team that were once again promising to regain the ashes. Although there isn't an official trophy for the series, players often lift an urn in celebration of their win. This urn is a replica of one that was given during that 1883 tour of Australia when England was on their mission to regain the ashes after their initial defeat. The urn was jovially given by a group of Melbourne women to the England captain at the time Ivo Bligh. On his death, Bligh's wife presented the Urn to the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum, where it remains today. The contents of the urn ore thought to be a cricket bail.

This coin is one of three, that were released in 2007 by the Royal Australian Mint paying tribute to the Ashes series. They each make fantastic collectors items and the other two are a five Dollar silver proof coin and ten dollar gold proof coin. The reverse of this bronze commemorative Ashes coin was designed by Vladimi Gottwald. The central image is the famous Ashes urn being supported by the English lion and the Australian Kangaroo in the style of a Coat of Arms. Beneath the trophy is two cricket bats forming a cross. Surrounding this image, curving around the edge of the coin is the denomination ONE DOLLAR at the top and 1882-2007 ASHES at the bottom. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the surrounding legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007.

This one Dollar Ashes commemorative coin was issued in a presentation card featuring various images relating to cricket, including a grassy field, ball, bails and of course the iconic Ashes urn trophy. Writing on the card includes 1882-2007 THE ASHES. At the bottom, it says ONE DOLLAR UNCIRCULATED COIN. It also has the logo of Cricket Australia, by whom this product was supported.

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