This 5oz silver proof coin celebrates the 150th anniversary of Australian writer and poet, Henry Lawson (1867 – 1922). Born near the gold mining centre of Grenfell in New South Wales on 17 June 1867, Lawson is widely considered to be one of the greatest poetry and short-story writers of the colonial period and a portrait of him appearing on today's $10 note. The design features a montage of motifs representing life in the bush as reflected in his writing – including a cattleman, swagman, cattle dog, sheep, windmill, bush hut, water butt, tent and billycans near a stream, as well as a bush fire.
Proof Quality 99.99% Pure Silver
Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 5oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality.
Henry Lawson Design
The reverse of the coin features the profile of Henry Lawson’s face composed of a number of characters and settings from his poems and short stories. The design includes the inscription 150th ANNIVERSARY OF HENRY LAWSON, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year-date and the monetary denomination on its obverse.
Extremely Limited Mintage
The Perth Mint will release no more than 250 of the Henry Lawson 150th Anniversary 2017 5oz Silver Proof Coin.
Presentation Packaging and Numbered Certificate
The coin is presented in a classic presentation case, customized shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.