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Australia Sydney Opera House

2013  One Dollar reverse 2013  One Dollar obverse

2013 One Dollar

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The iconic Sydney Opera House was opened in 1973 and to celebrate its 40th Anniversary the Royal Australian Mint produced a one dollar piece in both uncirculated and silver proof. The reverse of this coin was designed by A. Stokic and shows a side view of the building with the caption "40th Anniversary of Sydney Opera House" along with the denomination and the logo of UNESCO. The obverse was features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTLRIA 2013".

The need for a major performing arts centre in Sydney became a major issue in the 1950s. The site was chosen in 1955 and an international competition was started to search for the final design. The design of Danish architect JÝrn Utzon was chosen and construction. The project quickly fell behind its schedule due to the enormous engineering challenges the design posed. Utzon left Australia midway through construction and would never return to the see the building completed. The finished building was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1973 to acclaim. The Sydney Opera House has since become one of the worlds most iconic buildings and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

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