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Year of the Outback


This commemorative one Dollar coin is one piece from the 2002 issue of the Royal Australian Mint's six coin year sets. This particular set was entitled The Year of the Outback and as the name suggests the series pays tribute to the Australian outback and the way in which it has contributed to defining Australia as a nation. The outback, also sometimes referred to as the red centre, really is the heart of Australia. This one Dollar coin is joined in the set by an additional five coins each of different denominations with the 1 dollar and 50 cent coins featuring special design depicting the outback. The denominations of the coins to complete the set are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c and $2. There was also a Finale Hologram coin that was released separately at the end of the same year.

The reverse of this coin was designed by Wojciech Pietranik. In the centre and filling the majority of the coin is a very stylised impression of the map of Australia. Within the map is the Southern Cross and lines leading towards them representing the trails left first by the Aborigines and later by European settlers and explorers. Beneath is the legend 2002 Year of the Outback and above tight to the edge of the coin is the denomination ONE DOLLAR. The obverse of the coin bears Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and surrounding this is the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002. The six coins that make up the set were presented in a sealed blue and orange cardboard wallet and includes a descriptive card pertaining to the set. Writing on the outer box includes Year of the Outback 2002 and Six Coin Proof Set.

The term outback is used to describe the remote and vast amounts of arid land that covers large parts of the continent of Australia. The terrain is hostile and tough and due to the poor soil and sporadic rainfall inhabitants of the outback are few and far between. The land in this part of the country is useful mainly for mining industries as well as some tourism and agriculture.The outback has become representative of Australia and the vibrancy and spirituality that it offers contributes to the Australian ethos. Exploration of the outback back during the times of the first European settlers was tough but necessary. The land needed to be mapped out in order to create routes inland between colonies and to set up transport networks. The Year of the Outback series honoursthe contribution the outback has provided to Australia national identity as well as those people who have persevered through harsh environments for the good of the nation. In more ways than one, for many the outback is the heart of Australia.

A coin struck differing from the standard design to commemorate an eventThe tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coin(Silver Spirit Coins, 2013)(Wikipedia, 2013)

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692002 34,178,55368.90112124273139872002-S 36,931691122252731381902002-M 31,6945.808.60112023261301701902002-C 68,4475.608.2010192124311104702002-B 32,6984.8078.9015171923110150 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2002 Coloured Proof53,51039455159834202002 Silver Proof12,5003034394451250Values 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.