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Year of the Lifesaver


This beautifully designed and sculpted one dollar coin aptly depicts the type of work typically carried out by Surf Life Saving Australia. It is a commemorative coin that was issued by the Royal Australian Mint to celebrate a centenary of volunteer work by the Australian lifesavers. They provide an invaluable service, on which Australia has come to depend with their love of surfing and beach and water activities. This coin pays tribute to those men and women whose services are not taken for granted.

Surf Life Saving Australia is known as SLSA for short and is the authority that is spread throughout Australia providing water safety, drowning prevention and rescue services on the beaches. It is a volunteer organisation that is made up of 311 surf life-saving clubs and has over 165,000 members. The majority are volunteers who patrol the coats whilst the organisation also contracts a lifeguard service to government and land owners. The work done by SLSA is integral to Australian lifestyle and has helped to shape the nation and its prominent surfing and watersport culture. Before 1902 is had been illegal for anyone to enter the ocean but as the law began to be increasingly challenged, it ended up being over turned. As more and more people entered the waters, so too were there more and more drowning incidence due to inexperience in the water and unusual rip currents. As a result, volunteers began patrolling the beaches and by 1906 the Bondi Beach Surf Bathing Association had been formed. (Wikipedia, 2013)

Following the first club in Sydney, affiliated clubs began to pop up all over the country. The name changed in 1922 to Surf Life Saving Association and then again in 1991 the existing name of Surf Life Saving Australia. As well as the adult volunteer members the association also has junior programs for members called Nippers. This provides the opportunity to learn about beach safety and awareness in the water from a young age. Lifesaver volunteers have certificates ensuring their proficiency in swimming, first aid and rescue techniques. The exam which involves both theoretical and practical aspects can be taken from the age of 15. Over 6 million people have been rescued by the SLSA since 1907 with over 10,000 rescues and 30,000 cases of first aid on average every year.

This one dollar Year of the Lifesaver commemorative coin was featured in the 2007 Six coin Year sets that are issued annually by the Royal Australian Mint. 2007 marked 100 years since the formation of Surf Life Saving Australia and therefore a centenary since volunteers began to patrol the beaches and assist those who got into difficulty. The sets were issued in three different types; uncirculated, Silver proof and Gold proof. They all make great collector's pieces but the silver is fairly rare with a limited mintage of just 3,475 and the gold proof set even more so at just 300. As well as this coin, the 20 cent coin included in the set features a special design specifically to pay tribute to the Year of the Lifesaver.

The reverse of the coin, designed by Vladimir Gottwald depicts a group of lifesavers carrying a person out of the water who has obviously got into difficulties in some way. There are three people carrying the person out of the water at shoulder height whilst the waves splash around their ankles. The legend that starts at the top of the coin and curves down the right hand side reads Year of the SURF LIFESAVER. At the bottom on top of the waves in the denomination 1 DOLLAR. The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen and the legend surrounding the image reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007.

A coin struck differing from the standard design to commemorate an eventA coin which has not been circulatedA coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationThe number of coins struck of a particular designationThe tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coin(Wikipedia, 2013)

 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2007 Gold Proof300      2007 Proof30,71657585960613102007 Silver Proof3,475      Values 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.