The Australia Post and the Perth Mint will issue a stamp and coin cover to celebrate Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), one of the most famous divas of her age. She was an Australian operatic soprano who achieved international recognition as a classical musician.
The reverse design of the coin features a portrait of Dame Nellie Melba with the rhododendron flower, her personal emblem. The “P” mint mark appears beneath the flower and with inscription “Dame Nellie Melba 1861-1931” appears above the portrait. The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The surrounding inscriptions include “Elizabeth II”, “Australia 2011”, and the monetary denomination “1 Dollar”.
The coins are struck in aluminum bronze, and have a weight of 13.8 grams, the diameter of 30.60 mm, and the thickness of 3.10 mm.
Each coin is housed on a card that fits within an illustrated envelope with a circular window which allows the coin to be seen. The envelope includes a 60c stamp featuring Rupert Bunny’s grand 1902 portrait of Dame Nellie Melba. The stamp is postmarked for the first day of issue.
For more information and ordering, go to the Perth Mint’s product page.