Mintage:48,262 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Ian Rank-BroadleySize:25mmWeight:9gEdge:InterruptedComposition:92% Copper 6% Aluminium 2% Nickel
To commemorate a century since King Edward VII granted Australia its Coat of Arms the Royal Australian
Mint has produced an uncirculated one dollar coin. The reverse
features Australia's first Coat of Arms which was used between 1908 and 1912 and includes a shield with the cross of Saint
George supported by a Kangaroo and an Emu. The reverselegend
states "COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA COAT OF ARMS 1908 - 1912" and the denomination "ONE DOLLAR". Four regular variations
of the piece exist with the largest mintage featuring the 'C' for Canberra mint-mark. The other three variations were released
at events around Australia and were counter-struck with 'M' (Melbourne), 'S' (Sydney), and 'B' (Brisbane). An additional
version was also produced and features a 'C' mint-mark.
Melbourne (M) mint-mark on a 2008-C (Coat of Arms) one dollar piece.
In 1908, seven years after the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia, King Edward VII granted Australia its first
Coat of Arms. This design lasted for only four years before a modified version was adopted. Although a number of design elements
were changed the most major modification was the replacement of the cross of Saint George with a formal Escutcheon divided
into six compartments containing the badges of each Australian state. The Commonwealth Coat of Arms is a formal symbol of
Australia and is proudly displayed on Australian passports, government documentation, and of course on Stuart Devlin's design
for the fifty cent piece.
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