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A perfect memento of South Australia, this 2009 Celebrate Australia $1 coin is aimed at collectors, international visitors and Australians who wish to rejoice in the marvels of their spectacular surroundings.

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South Australia
South Australia (abbreviated SA) is in the south central part of the country. It covers some of the most arid parts of the island continent and is the fourth largest of Australia's six states and two territories. SA is bordered to the west by Western Australia, to the north by the Northern Territory and Queensland, to the east by Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and along the south by the Great Australian Bight and the Southern Ocean.
With nearly 1.6 million people, the state comprises less than 10% of the Australian population and ranks fifth in population among the states and territories. The majority of its people reside in the state capital and largest city, Adelaide, with most of the remainder settled in fertile areas along the south-eastern coast and River Murray. The state's origins are unique in Australia as a freely-settled, planned British province rather than a convict settlement. Official settlement began on 28 December 1836, when the state was proclaimed at The Old Gum Tree by Governor John Hindmarsh.

The coin is part of a delightful series celebrating Australia’s eight mainland States and Territories. These eight colorful dollars comprise the Celebrate Australia Program. Each coin commemorates one of the eight Australian states and territories. The artistic and skillfully rendered design of each coin encompasses three distinct elements unique to each state or territory:

  • An iconic animal of that state or territory;
  • The official floral emblem;
  • A significant landmark or monument

Celebrate Australia Capital Territory $1 packageThe eight different states and territories represented include:

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2009
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalAluminum, Bronze
  • Weight (g)13.80
  • Diameter (mm)30.2
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)7.500
  • Certificate (COA)No
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse combines struck and coloured pictorial elements representing South Australia. As well as a coloured composition featuring St Peter's Cathedral in Adelaide, the design includes an image of the State’s faunal emblem, a hairy-nosed wombat, and Sturt's Desert Pea, its floral emblem.
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.