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Australia 2018-P Macquarie Lighthouse at Sydney Harbour 200th Anniversary Bicentenary $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof P08

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Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Australia's first permanent nautical navigational aide, the historic Macquarie Lighthouse, built in 1818, with this handsome, one troy ounce, proof finish pure silver dollar!

This handsome commemorative pure silver dollar celebrates the 200th anniversary of the construction of the Macquarie Lighthouse. Australia’s earliest colonial lighthouse, first exhibited on 30 November 1818, is an imposing 26 meter (85 foot) tall landmark on Sydney Harbour’s southern headland overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Still a fully operational lighthouse, it continues to help ships and other vessels sail safely through the entrance to the harbour.

The design depicts the historic lighthouse with a representation of the beams of light that are a beacon to vessels entering Sydney Harbour in fog and/or darkness. Also included in the design are the inscriptions MACQUARIE LIGHTHOUSE BICENTENARY, the anniversary commemoration 200 and the Perth Mint’s traditional "P" mint mark at 4:00 near the edge.

Australia's First and Oldest Lighthouse
The Macquarie Lighthouse, also known as South Head Upper Light, was the first, and is the longest serving, lighthouse site in Australia. It is located on Dunbar Head, Vaucluse, about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of South Head near the entrance to Sydney Harbour. There has been a navigational aid in this vicinity since 1791 and a lighthouse near the present site since 1818. The current lighthouse was completed in 1883.

The lighthouse is still fully operational and is under the control of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The grounds are managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. The lighthouse is featured on the arms of Macquarie University. In 2008, the University introduced an official logo, described as an 'abstract, timeless image' of water lilies, as its public visual identity; use of the arms was subsequently restricted to official documents such as graduation testamurs and legal documentation.

Obverse
The design depicts the historic lighthouse with a representation of the beams of light that are a beacon to vessels entering Sydney Harbour in fog and/or darkness. Also included in the design are the inscriptions MACQUARIE LIGHTHOUSE BICENTENARY, the anniversary commemoration 200 and the Perth Mint’s traditional "P" mint mark at 4:00 near the edge.

Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II and denomination also appear.

Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome, taupe, clamshell style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full color outer box. An individually numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.107 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   3.21 mm
Mintage Limit    3,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Jennifer McKenna (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered



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