|Obverse:||Queen Elizabeth II - Design by Ian Rank-Broadley.|
Legend: ELIZABETH. II. AUSTRALIA 1 DOLLAR
|Reverse:||Sun & Sirius above Earth in colour - Design by ???.|
Legend: AUSTRALIA 2001 1oz .999 SILVER
|Edge:||Reeded - continuous mill - 250 Serrations.|
|Size:||40.60 mm (diameter) 4.00 mm (thickness).|
|Composition:||.999 Fine Silver.|
|Silver Content:||1.00 oz.|
|Mintage:||Perth - 30,000|
|Mintmarks:||P on reverse.|
|This coin is housed, encapsulated, in a blue metallic presentation box.|
Taken from the era of the Egyptians, the reverse design recognises the first people to accurately measure the solar year, the basis for the modern calendar.
The Sun on a gold insert and the morning star (Sirius) are shown rising above Cleopatra's Needle, an obelisk which originally stood in the Temple of the Sun in ancient Heliopolis.
This coin was also included in 2,000 2-Coin Australian Millennium Sets and in 5,000 21st Century Silver 1oz 4 Coin Proof sets released by the Perth mint.
In February, 2002 at the World Money Fair held in Switzerland, this coin won second prize in the 2001 'Coin of the Year' awards.