Obverse:||Queen Elizabeth II - Design by Raphael Maklouf.|
Legend: ELIZABETH. II. AUSTRALIA 1986
Reverse:||South Australian Coat of Arms - Design by Horst Hahne|
Legend: 1836 SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1986 - 10 DOLLARS.
|Edge:||Reeded - continuous mill.|
|Weight:||20.0 grams (308.7 grains).|
|Size:||34.0 mm (diameter).|
|Composition:||Sterling Silver - 92.5% Silver, 7.5% Copper.|
|Silver Content:||.5949 oz.|
|Mintage:||Canberra: Uncirculated - 78,100|
Proof - 52,150
1986 Sesquicentenary of South Australia TEN DOLLARS
This coin, not intended for circulation, was struck to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the State of South Australia. It is the second in a series of eight ten dollar coins issued between 1985 and 1993 displaying the Coat of Arms of Australian States and Territories.
The proof version was encapsulated and distributed in a hinged lid presentation case while the uncirculated, speciman coin was released sealed on a small card and housed inside a black plastic presentation satchel.
South Australia's Coat of Arms
The State's Coat of Arms was granted by Queen Elizabeth II on April 19, 1984. The shield contains the State badge, comprising the piping shrike, or whitebacked magpie
(Gymnorhina tibicen leuconota), standing on a staff of gum tree, against a gold orb representing the sun. The crest is the State's floral emblem, Sturt's desert pea (Clianthus
formosus), above a collar of the State's colours, red, blue and gold. The present Coat of Arms replaced the Arms granted by King George V in 1936.
The floral emblem was proclaimed in 1961 and the State badge in 1904. The faunal emblem, the hairy-nosed or plains wombat (Lasiorhinus latitrons), was proclaimed in 1970. The State's official colours are red, blue and gold.
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