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2008  One Dollar reverse 2008  One Dollar obverse

2008 One Dollar

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


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This one dollar coin was issued in 2008 during the year that the Australian Government and the Royal Australian Mint decided to declare the Year of the Scout. This year was significant as it marked 100 years since the founding of Scouts Australia. This commemorative one dollar coin went into general circulation as legal tender in April 2008 to pay tribute to the importance of scouts in Australian culture and to celebrate the work and achievements of the various scouting groups around the country over the past century. At the launch of the coin a huge novelty coin was presented revealing this new design which centres around the scouts Australia logo.

The Scout Association of Australia, known more commonly as the shorter version of Scouts Australia is in operation throughout Australia and is a member of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. The name of the organisation has changed a number of times over the years and it was originally Australian branches of The Boy Scouts Association of the United kingdom. All the way up until 1976 only British subjects and some special cases were permitted membership. There are approximately 1,504 Boy Scout groups in operation around Australia with a total of around 64,810 members. Anyone ages between 6-26 can be actively involved with the scouts and since 1971 is has been possible for girls to become members. (Wikipedia, 2013) In order to be accepted a Scout Promise must be made, in front of the group. Original scouts in Britain and then Australia would have been Christian but today the Scouts are open to all religious backgrounds and beliefs.

Scouts Australia take part in various events and development programs both at home and internationally and actually have twinning programs with the Bangladesh scouts and the Nepal Scouts. Activities carried out on a more general basis at home are intended to develop the individuals personality, skills and sense of adventure and achievement. The scouts are divided up into sections according the ages with groups starting with the Joey Scouts at 6-8 years old, progressing to Cub Scouts, then to Scouts, Venturer Scouts and finally Rovers for the 18-26 year olds. Awards are provided to the scouts in recognition of various achievements including participation in Major events and Proficiency in Adventurous Activity. Becoming a scout is thought to give you one of the best starts in life via the incredible number of life lessons that can be learnt. A number of famous people from all walks of life, started off as a scout including on an international level David Beckham, Bill Clinton, Walt Disney as well as a number of astronauts and closer to home Sir Jack Brabham and Jamie Durie.

There was a mintage of over 17 million of these scouting themed one dollar coins, which went into national circulation in 2008. The reverse of the coin was designed by Caitlin Goodall in order to commemorate a centenary of scouting in Australia. The scouts Australia logo is the central image with the two significant dates, which mark the centenary 1908 and 2008 written to either side. At the top centre is the legend "CENTENARY OF SCOUTING" At the bottom is the denomination of the coin "1 DOLLAR". The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend surrounding this reads "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008".

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