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Australia Polar Explorers

2009 Proof Five Dollar reverse 2009 Proof Five Dollar obverse

2009 Proof Five Dollar

Reverse Designer:Wojciech Pietranik Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:39mm Weight:36.31g Edge:Reeded Composition:99.9% Silver


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In 1909 three Australians Douglas Mawson, Tannat Edgeworth David and Forbes Mackay reached the South Magnetic Pole, a hard and impressive achievement that is rightly celebrated as a significant and important historical moment in the connection between Australian and the Antarctic Territory. They were exploring the Southern Continent as members of the Ernest Shackleton Expedition. The year 2007-2008 was celebrated as International Polar Year, paying tribute to the fascinating region of the Antarctic. This three piece series of five Dollar fine silver proof coins released progressively between 2008 and 2009 honours the unique fauna and flora of the icy continent as well as the work and research performed at various stations and vessels with a significant Australian contribution.This particular coin is the second in the series and the reverse features the first Australian explorers to reach the magnetic South Pole. The two coins that accompany it in the Australian Antarctic Territory Silver Proof Coin series celebrate the Skua bird and the Aurora Australis.

The reverse of the Australian Antarctic Territory - Polar Explorers proof coin was designed by Wojciech Pietranik and was struck into a fine silver planchet and finished to the highest possible standard by the Royal Australian Mint. The three Australian men who achieved the impressive feat are depicted on top of a map of the Australian Antarctic Territory. The research stations Mawson, Davis and Casey are marked on the map and the legend above reads Australian Antarctic Territory. Below it says "INTERNATIONAL POLAR YEAR2007-2008 Sth. MAGNETIC POLE - 1909". The obverse of this fine silver proof coin features the Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the surrounding legend that reads "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009 5 DOLLARS". Each coin in the series was issued in a presentation case and packaged in an illustrated outer box.

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