In December 2003, Australia is celebrating the centenary of most women's first opportunity to exercise their right to vote and stand in federal elections with the release of a $1 coin commemorating women's suffrage.
The design for the $1 coin is based on a representation of the Dora Meeson suffrage banner 'Commonwealth of Australia: Trust the Women Mother As I Have Done', which is on display in Parliament House. The Banner was carried at the head of the Australian and New Zealand contingent of women suffragists in the Women's Suffrage Coronation Procession in London in 1911 and is widely recognized as a celebration of women's suffrage in Australia.
Approximately 10 million of the $1 suffrage coins were minted in December 2003 and they will be available in general circulation from early 2004. The suffrage coin will not be directly available from the Royal Australian Mint.
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