Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country is one of Australia’s most widely recited and beloved poems. Reflective of the author’s great love of the Australian landscape, the poem has become one of the most recognised and celebrated pieces of Australian poetry ever written.
In 1904, after spending an extended period abroad in London, and feeling homesick for Australia, Dorothea began writing My Country.
Several re-writes later, the poem was published in The Spectator in London in 1908, under its original title, Core of My Heart. The poem presented a contrast between the English and Australian landscapes, and inspired patriotic sentiments and a sense of great national pride, particularly in the context of World War I.
As a tribute to this historical poem and as homage to the stunning Australian landscapes it describes, The Perth Mint issues the first individual 1oz 99.9% pure silver rectangle coin and a four-coin set. The remaining three individual releases will be released bi-monthly.
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, The Perth Mint will release no more than 4,250 2015 Sunburnt Country – A Land of Sweeping Plains 1oz Silver Rectangle Coin.
The first individual coin's reverse depicts a colour image of an Australian plain with two kangaroos grazing amongst the wildflowers, with a homestead in the background. The design includes the inscription I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY…A LAND OF SWEEPING PLAINS and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2015 year-date, are featured on each coin’s obverse.
The individual coin is housed in a clear latex display case with a black frame, packaged within a beautifully illustrated shipper and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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