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Australia Coat of Arms

2008-C  One Dollar reverse 2008-C  One Dollar obverse

2008-C One Dollar

Reverse Designer:W. H. J. Blakemore Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:25mm Weight:9g Edge:Interrupted Composition:92% Copper
6% Aluminium
2% Nickel


Sales History


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 reverse legend 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 silver proof version was also produced and features a 'C' mint-mark.

Melbourne (M) mint-mark on a 2008-C (Coat of Arms) one dollar piece. 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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