Australia 2005 dollar KM-747
In 1966, Australia abandoned the sterling coinage she had used since the days of Captain Cook and adopted the decimal dollar and cent. The 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 and revised again in 2000. 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. One dollar commemoratives for 2005 include KM 748, KM 825, KM A797, KM 830, KM 831, KM 832, KM 833, KM 835, KM 836, KM 1015 and KM 1018. This commemorative, which obviously circulated, depicts a soldier celebrating the end of World War Two and the fact that he survived.
Recorded mintage: 31,788,000 plus proofs plus 6,500 in silver plus 629 in gold.
Specification: 9 g, aluminum-bronze, 25 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 747 (aluminum bronze), KM 747a (silver), KM 747b (gold).
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date, 13th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2018.
- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.