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Australia Black Caviar

2013 Coloured One Dollar reverse 2013 Coloured One Dollar obverse

2013 Coloured One Dollar

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


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Australia is home to a passionate thoroughbred racing culture and history. Horses first arrived in Australia at the beginning of colonisation in 1788, and horse racing soon followed in the early 1800s. (State Library of New South Wales, 2011) The world-renowned Melbourne Cup was first held in 1861 and since then this sporting event has thrived. (State Library of Victoria, 2015) Today Melbourne is also home to the Australian Racing Museum.

Black Caviar is one of the country's most beloved racing icons. Born in 2006 in Nagambie, Victoria, and trained by Peter Moody, Black Caviar started her racing career at Flemington in 2009, winning her race by 5 lengths. (Wikipedia, 2015) The thoroughbred mare's stunning debut was a sign of things to come; she boasts an undefeated career of a record-breaking 25 races surpassing Australian legend, Phar Lap's, record. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2011) One of her most notable wins was the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012. The multi-award winning sprinter was named Australian Racehorse of the Year three years in a row (2011-2013) and was the World Thoroughbred Racing Rankings World Champion Sprinter four times, just some proof of her strength and spirit. She was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in February 2013. Although beleaguered by injuries after the Royal Ascot, Black Caviar went on to win three more races before retiring in April 2013.

The Royal Australian Mint honoured Black Caviar's illustrious career by officially launching this uncirculated coloured coin on the 11th May 2013. (Royal Australian Mint, 2013) This commemorative coin is an exciting collector's piece. The reverse depicts an energetic Black Caviar and her jockey mid-race, the relief is particularly striking given the softly frosted fields and plain edge, with intricate detailing of the horse's musculature. Other details include part of Black Caviar's name and the numeral 1 upon her saddle pad. The salmon pink and black colours of Black Caviar's racing silks are captured, giving the coin a wonderful air of nostalgia and a reminder of this icon's achievements. The obverse depicts Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing and crowned, with the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013.

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