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Australian $1 Coins

2000 HMAS Sydney II

The $1 coin is an acknowledgment of the 645 crewmembers who lost their lives on 19 November 1941. The HMAS Sydney II was a modified Leander Class light cruiser involved in a number of duties throughout the Mediterranean and around Australia. Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of the cruiser and crew after being involved in a confrontation with German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, off the Western Australian coast. The loss of HMAS Sydney II with all hands accounted for more than 35 per cent of Royal Australian Navy servicemen killed in action between 1939 and 1945
The details were kept from the Australian public and no explanation was given as to how the Sydney and her full complement had disappeared, virtually without trace, while 317 of the 397 men on board the Kormoran were rescued until the information was officially released in the 1957 publication of the official history of the Royal Australian Navy in World War II.


The Royal Australian Mint joined with the Royal Australian Navy to formally launch this coin, on the decks of the proud successor of HMAS Sydney II, HMAS Sydney IV, appropriately in Sydney harbour, in May 2000.
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Nominal Specifications

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