First issued on 14 May 1984, the $1 coin was introduced to replace the readily-damaged $1 note due to its greater durability and lower cost of production. Art teacher-turned-coin designer, Stuart Devlin – the man behind Australia’s other circulating coin designs – was again chosen to submit a piece of unique Australian artwork. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the issue of the first Australian $1 coin, the Royal Australian Mint has produced this bold, beautiful collector’s coin using the most up-to-date, world-class technology. Struck in pure silver and expertly engineered in high relief to accentuate the design’s absolute beauty, this coin is assured to be a prize addition to coin collections across the globe. Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was selected to feature on the obverse.