Summary

Australia
2007 (AD)
One Dollar Uncirculated coin .
International Polar Year 2007-2008. Polar Series.
Issued by Royal Australian Mint in presentation case.
Presented to : Dr Phillip G. Law
Designer: W. Pietranik.

The International Polar Year 2007-2008 is a program of outreach and education into polar science. It is sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), to examine the Earth's Polar regions and their effect on the global environment. The Royal Society of Victoria is also involved with IPY.

Physical Description

An aluminium /bronze coin in plastic coin capsule, in presentation case.

Obverse Description

Head of Elizabeth II. Around, ELIZABETH II / AUSTRALIA 2007. Artist's initials IRB.

Reverse Description

Image of ship Aurora (based on Frank Hurley photograph) with penguins in foreground. Map of Antarctica in background, with Australian bases Mawson Casey and Davis indicated. Across centre, 90 degrees East and West is marked. Above ship, 1 DOLLAR. Around, AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY / INTERNATIONAL POLAR YEAR 2007-2008.

Significance

The International Polar Year 2007-2008 is a program of outreach and education into polar science. It is sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), to examine the Earth's Polar regions and their effect on the global environment. Museum Victoria undertakes research in Antarctica, and is conducting public programs as part of the IPY.
This is the first of three coins in the Polar Series.
International Polar Year 2007-2008 is the fourth international Polar year following the first in 1882-83 and again in 1932-33 and 1957-1958. They are opportunities to focus scientific research on the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

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