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50 Years of Television


This 2006 one dollar piece celebrates fifty years since the introduction of television in Australia. The reverse features V. Gottwald's depiction of a studio camera and television broadcasting tower with the legend "FIFTY YEARS OF AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION" and the denomination "1 DOLLAR". The obverse houses the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006". The coin was issued with five mint-mark varieties; Brisbane (B), Melbourne (M), Canberra (C), Sydney (S), and (TV).

TV mint-mark on 2006-TV (50 Years of Television) one dollar piece.

On September 16th 1956, following some initial test transmissions, Bruce Gyngell introduced the first television program in Australia on Sydney's TCN9 channel. About two weeks later Melbourne conducted its first full transmission, broadcasting cartoons and a John Wayne film. On November 5 the National Television Service was officially opened and the first ABC television station began broadcasting in Sydney and shortly after the second began broadcasting in Melbourne. The new television service would face its first major challenge that very month when they began broadcasting the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics.

The tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coin

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692006 Unknown         2006-TV 46,370151515384860762809902006-S 48,49014141425293337401902006-M 47,83614151525293338622502006-C 135,221151516313744532309202006-B 53,7391414142123252742200 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2006 Silver Proof10,7903838383839732006-A Silver Proof3,8599093959799320Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.