Australian Antarctic Pioneer – Sir Douglas Mawson
10 dollars (Niue Island)
A proof quality coin with high relief and different frosted finishes. The design is featured on both the obverse and reverse.
Illustrator and designer, Suankaew Chueysai
Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse shows another Antarctic scene of the Expedition. An official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II along with text for the country of origin, monetary value and date is also shown. The reverse design shows a portrait of Sir Douglas Mawson, a ship, husky dogs in the icy Antarctic in a high relief.
A brief annotation
The obverse and reverse of this 65mm diameter coin honours Australian explorer Sir Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic expedition of 1911-14. The obverse shows a portrait of Mawson, the ship Aurora on an ice flow with 3 working dogs near a crevasse and 2 curious penguins. The reverse uses an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth with date, country, monetary value and silver content set into another scene of the expedition. It shows Mawson with 2 ill-fated colleagues Ninnis and Mertz and dogs and sleigh, in the background is Mawson’s hut built to withstand the long and severe Antarctic weather.