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The Wool industry is a vital component of the Australian economy. The Royal Australian Mint has issued this twenty cent commemorative piece to celebrate the long history of the Australian wool trade. The reverse features a wagon wheel wheel with the story of wool production presented through the spokes. The reverse legend states "RIDING ON THE SHEEP'S BACK" and "AUSTRALIAN WOOL." The obverse features an Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011".

Sheep were first imported to Australia in 1797 by John MacArthur and Reverend Samuel Marsden. By 1840 a thriving wool industry had emerged with over two million kilograms of wool was being produced annually. The wool business quickly became essential to Australia's economy eventually supporting the establishment and growth of local shipping companies and consignors. Today the Australian wool industry continues to be significant and has won numerous awards for the quality of its product. The worlds largest sheep and wool show, the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, is held annually in the regional Victorian town of Bendigo. First run in 1877 the show today displays the finest Australian wool with hundreds of woollen fashions on display. Competitions and smaller attractions are also held at the event with sheepdogs, speed-shearing, and animal nursery's. Australian merino is considered among the worlds finest. The reason for its exceptional quality can be traced to the knowledge and proficiency of Australian wool farmers. Their knowledge of breeding and their understanding of how to utilise Australia's harsh climate allows for the creation of natural fibres that are fine but exceptionally durable.

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 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692011 30,00228303134343444210940 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2011 Proof10,50061626489120170Values 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.