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Ethel Pedley

2012 - 14

The Royal Australian Mint has issued this one dollar piece to celebrate Ethel Pedley and her iconic childrens book 'Dot and the Kangaroo'. The reverse was designed by A. Baggio and features a portrait of Pedley along and her characters Dot and the Kangaroo. The legend states "ETHEL C. PEDLEY DOT and the KANGAROO" with the denomination "ONE DOLLAR". The obverse houses the standard Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA" and the year of issue. The piece is one of a number of 'Baby Sets' which have focused on iconic Australian children's book authors such as Dorothy Wall (Blinky Bill) and Norman Lindsay (Magic Pudding).

Born in England in 1859 Ethel Pedley migrated to Australia with her family to Sydney in around 1873. Classically trained in piano, violin, and singing, excelled as a musician and was appointed as the Board of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music's only representative in New South Wales. Strongly influenced by the works of Lewis Carroll and her experiences in the Australian bush Pedley wrote the children's book Dot and the Kangaroo. The story revolved around a young girl who chases a hare into the bush and becomes lost. She is provided with some berries by a Kangaroo which gives her the ability to understand animals. Pedley passed away in 1898 and the book was published posthumously. It became an Australian children's classic and has since been developed into a successful animated film.

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

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692012 23,08427293033331708803,90016,0002013 18,000333638422009203,70013,00046,0002014 Unknown19192021211308104,30020,000Values 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.