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Australia Princes Bridge

2011  One Dollar reverse 2011  One Dollar obverse

2011 One Dollar

Reverse Designer:Ben Hutchings Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:40mm Weight:31.1g Edge:Interrupted Composition:99.9% Silver


Sales History


Melbourne's Princes Bridge is an iconic arch bridge that crosses the Yarra River. The current bridge is the third to occupy the same location. Prior to the first bridge being built, punts carried passengers across the river. The first wooden trestle bridge's construction was in 1844 and was funded by the local people as they believed the through traffic would substantially increase their revenue and the government had already refused funding. It was a wooden bridge which was built in 1840 and a toll was to be charged for crossing the bridge. Four years later it was replaced by a trestle bridge and continued with the toll scheme. The current bridge was started in 1886 and it opened on the 4th October 1888 (City of Melbourne, 2014) . It is now a beautiful arch bridge which was designed by Jenkins, D'Ebro and John Grainger.

To celebrate this historic bridge, the Royal Australian Mint decided commemorate it by including it in the capital bridges collection. The collection was to focus on five historic bridges; The Tom Diver Derrick VC Bridge in Adelaide, the Pyrmont Bridge in Sydney, the Princes Bridge in Melbourne, the Story Bridge in Brisbane and the Narrows Bridge in Perth. The artist chosen for the series was Ben Hutchings. The Melbourne version shows the Princes Bridge with the Melbourne skyline in the background along with the legend PRINCES BRIDGE ONE DOLLAR. The obverse of the coin shows an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing and crowned. It contains the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011. Each of these coins was struck in sterling silver and this particular uncirculated coin had a limited mintage of just two thousand. The bridge has a great significance within the community, not least for its convenience but also as a celebration venue. The Moomba Festival is held here over Labour Day weekend and includes fireworks, a carnival and the Moomba Parade (City of Melbourne, 2014) . There are also many others including the New Year Festival. The bridge also accommodates trams and has dedicated cycle and pedestrian lanes.

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