Australian $1 Coins

1996 Sir Henry Parkes Centenary

Sir Henry Parkes had already served more than fifty years in public life when he embarked on the most ambitious political cause of his career. In 1889, Parkes dedicated himself to uniting the separate colonies of Australia undre one federal government. By 1890 Parkes' political skill had succeeded in winning a Federation Conference in Melbourne which was attended by all Australian and New Zealand colonies.
The conference agreed a Federal Convention should meet in Sydney the following year to draw up a constitution for a federated Australia. In less than one year, Parkes had set the wheels in motion.

Throughout the meetings of the convention, Parkes was the figurehead and maker of inspirational speeches. Although Parkes did not live to see the final constitution, eventually hammered out in the late 1890's, the work he had done so much to foster at the beginning of the decade did not die. He remained an inspiration to later bands of federalists and the final constitution was in most essentials very similar to the original draft of 1891. "One people - one destiny".

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