Wool production in Australia is one of the country’s oldest, most successful industries and these coin designs will resonate strongly with collectors of all genres.
Designed by renowned numismatic artist Vladimir Gottwald, these striking coins brilliantly capture the importance of wool in Australia’s economic and cultural development.
The $1 coin features a shearer hard at work against a textured background representing the fleece. The 20c coin depicts a wagon wheel illustrated with a series of images representing Australia’s rich history of wool production.
Be you a coin collector, rouseabout or shearer this is the right coin set for you.
Metal Cupro Nickel
Mass 11.30 (g)
Diameter 28.52 (mm)
Mass 9 (g)
Diameter 25.00 (mm)
Mintage: No more than 40,000
Australian Wool Industry:
About 70 native sheep, suitable only for mutton, survived the journey to Australia with the First Fleet, which arrived in late January 1788. A few months later, the flock had dwindled to just twenty-eight ewes and one lamb. In 1797, Governor King, Colonel Patterson, Captain Waterhouse and Kent purchased sheep in Cape Town from the widow of Colonel Gordon, commander of the Dutch garrison. When Waterhouse landed in Sydney, he sold his sheep to Captain John MacArthur,Samuel Marsden and Captain William Cox.
By 1801, Australia had 33,818 sheep. John Macarthur (who had been sent back from Australia to England following a duel with Colonel Patterson) brought seven rams and one ewe from the first dispersal sale of King George III stud in 1804. The next year, Macarthur and the sheep returned to Australia, Macarthur to reunite with his wife Elizabeth, who had been developing their flock in his absence. Macarthur is considered the father of the Australian Merino industry; however, in the long term his sheep had very little influence on the development of the Australian Merino. Macarthur pioneered the introduction of Saxon Merinos with importation from the Electoral flock in 1812. The first Australian wool boom occurred in 1813, when the Great Dividing Range was crossed. During the 1820s, there was increasing interest in Merino sheep. Macarthur showed and sold 39 rams in October 1820, grossing £510/16/5. In 1823, at the first sheep show held in Australia, a gold medal was awarded to W. Riley (‘Raby’) for importing the most Saxons; W. Riley also imported Cashmere goats into Australia.
*All history taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only