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2001 90th Annversary of the Royal Australian Navy

As the world’s largest island, Australia will always depend on the Navy to play a vital role in the defence of its vast land mass. Marking the Navy’s 90th anniversary is this $1 aluminium bronze coin struck with the RAN badge, featuring St Edward’s Crown above an anchor.

The official badge of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), was adopted on 23 August 1949 as a result of an inquiry by the Building Surveyor, Hobart, Tasmania, who wished to incorporate a naval symbol in a design for the Hobart Cenotaph.
The officially approved design was promulgated in Navy Order 262/1949. It contained within a left handed rope surround, which displayed a knotted section in its base, a stockless chain cabled anchor, and four dots which were placed between a federation star and the words "Royal Australian Navy". Placed on top of the rope surround was the Tudor Crown.
The 1949 badge was then amended on 3 December 1957 by substituting the St Edwards Crown for the Tudor Crown and right hand in place of left hand roping.
On 16 July 1968 the badge was again revised by eliminating the knotted rope surround in favour of a plain oval rope surround and the four dots which appeared between the words, Royal Australian Navy and Federation Star. Some thoughts are that the four dots from the original rubbing were duplicated in the original draft designs by mistake as they could have been the mounting screw holes that secured the badge to the door.
The current 2002 official badge has had a slight change since the development of the 1968 badge. The change being in spacing the words "Royal Australian Navy" closer together.
Royal Australian Navy Website

Nominal Specifications

Issues Released
Denomination: $1
Metal: 92% Copper
2% Nickel
6% Aluminum
Mass: 9 grams
Diameter: 25 mm

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