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2009 Proof Five Dollar reverse 2009 Proof Five Dollar obverse

2009 Proof Five Dollar

Reverse Designer:Wojciech Pietranik Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:38mm Weight:36.31g Edge:Reeded Composition:99.9% Silver


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The commemoration of 150 years of state government in Queensland is celebrated by the release of this coin. It was struck in sterling silver in 2006. It was released as part of a set containing a total of six coins. The other coins included in the 150 years of state government commemorative set are Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales. The reverse of this coin was designed by Wojciech Pietranik and shows an impression of a shape of the state of Queensland with its name continuously written in block capitals inside it. The design also shows an outline of Australia and determines the location of New South Wales within it. The legend 150 YEARS OF STATE GOVERNMENT 5 DOLLARS is included in the design. The obverse was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and contains a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, crowned, right facing with earrings. It also has the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006.

On the 22nd May 1856, a significant landmark in Australian history took place. The newly elected, Queensland State Parliament sat for the first time. Now, 150 years later, Queensland celebrates its sesquicentenary of responsible government. Since its inception, the Government has evolved into the 21st century with some alterations and enhancements. The main ones being the setting up of a secret ballot and the right of ALL men to vote. This may seem trivial but this alone put Australia ahead of its time regarding democratic development. Women were given the right to vote back in 1902, even though they could not be democratically elected until 1918.

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