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Australia Ram Head

2011-B  One Dollar reverse 2011-B  One Dollar obverse

2011-B One Dollar

Reverse Designer:Kruger Gray Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:25mm Weight:9g Edge:Interrupted Composition:92% Copper
6% Aluminium
2% Nickel


Sales History


This 2011 One Dollar piece was issued to commemoratethe iconic Ram design used on the Australian Shilling between 1938 and 1963. The reverse features the iconic Ram head with the legend "AUSTRALIA ONE DOLLAR". A number of varieties were produced including a 'C' mint-mark piece, various privy-marked coins, and a silver proof piece. The obverse features the standard Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011".

Sydney (S) privy-mark on a 2011-S One Dollar (Ram Head) piece. Sydney (S) privy-mark on a 2011-S One Dollar (Ram Head) piece.

The Shilling Ram design was based on the Grant Champion Ram at the 1932 Sydney Sheep show. The ram was described in the Sydney Mail as " of the most magnificent Merinos ever seen in Sydney." (Merino New South Wales, 2009) Artist George Kruger Gray, motivated by the importance of wool to Australian economic history and the magnificence of this ram, designed the reverse of the Australian shilling in its image. The post 1938 ram's head shilling is today one of Australia's most iconic pieces. (Laurissa Smith, 2014)

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