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Australia Square Penny

2008 Proof One Dollar reverse 2008 Proof One Dollar obverse

2008 Proof One Dollar

Reverse Designer:Stokes and Son Obverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennel Size:50mm Weight:56.45g Edge:Interrupted Composition:99.99% Silver


Sales History


Between 1919 and 1921 a number of square penny and half penny pieces were produced as a trial. The coins featured a Kookaburra design and were distributed only to government officials and selected members of the public. The Royal Australian Mint commemorates these trial coins with the release of this one dollar piece. The reverse features the corresponding design used on one of the 1921 Kookaburra pieces with a large patterned silver border containing the legend "1921 KOOKABURRA PENNY - ONE DOLLAR." The obverse features also features the corresponding design of the 1921 Kookaburra Penny which features a portrait of King George V. There larger silver border contains a small Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008".

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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