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Australia Cockatoo

2011  One Dollar reverse 2011  One Dollar obverse

2011 One Dollar

Mintage:19,089
Reverse Designer:Caitlin Goodall Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:25mm Weight:9g Edge:Interrupted Composition:92% Copper
6% Aluminium
2% Nickel

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The 2011 Air Series is The Royal Australian Mint's third series dedicated to native Australian fauna, following the popular Ocean (2006-7) and Land Series (2008-9). The Air Series encompasses six, uncirculated coins, each depicting different winged fauna on the reverse: a Crimson Rosella, Kookaburra, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Sacred Kingfisher, Cairns Birdwing Butterfly, and Grey-Headed Flying Fox. (Royal Australian Mint, 2011)

The series was periodically released in pairs throughout the year in specially designed cards. The Major Mitchell Cockatoo was the second release in July, along with the Sacred Kingfisher. (Royal Australian Mint, 2011) The Major Mitchell Cockatoo exhibits stunning pink faces, chests and bellys along with a brilliant red, yellow, and white crest.

Using a colour/pad printing process, the Mint perfectly captures the characteristic, bright colours of this species. The reverse was created by first striking the coin with a very detailed relief then applying coloured ink to further enhance the design. (Royal Australian Mint, 2008) The result is eye-catching with precise, vivid details and intense colour, paying artistic homage to this stunning species. The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley's image of Queen Elizabeth II.

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