Australia 1985 dollar

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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a typical circulated specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
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In 1966, Australia abandoned the sterling coinage she had used since the days of Captain Cook and adopted the decimal dollar and cent. This one dollar coin was introduced in 1984 to supersede a banknote which was wearing out too quickly. The reverse is still in use altho a new bust of the queen was used in 1985. Coinage production, formerly divided among the Sydney, Perth and Melbourne mints, is now concentrated at the Canberra Mint. The Perth mint manufactures and markets commemoratives.

Recorded mintage: 91,400,000 plus 75,000 proofs.

Specification: 9 g, aluminum-bronze, 25 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 84.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.

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