Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
The coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
Reverse Design Featuring Douglas Mawson
The coin’s reverse depicts Douglas Mawson and two Antarctic explorers against a
blue-coloured sky. The image, which incorporates The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, appears
within the shape of the Antarctic continent. The reverse also includes the inscriptions
SOUTH MAGNETIC POLE : 1909 – 2009, 100 YEARS, and ‘Australian Antarctic Territory’.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin’s
obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
No more than 7,500 of these 1oz silver coins will be released by The Perth
Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each coin is housed in a
blue-coloured presentation case, which comes within a stylish outer shipper.
The sixth release from The Perth Mint's popular Australian
Antarctic Territory Series marks the 100th anniversary of the first expedition to
reach South Magnetic Pole. Following an exhausting and dangerous sledging journey, Australian
scientists Douglas Mawson and TW Edgeworth David, together with Scottish doctor Alistair
Forbes Mackay, reached the position on 16 January 1909. Mawson, Australia’s most famous
Antarctic explorer, was responsible for the magnetic observations and the cartographic