While noodling to try and complete a set of the Great Aussie Hunt A-Z coins I came across this 1991 MOR $1 coin.
This came as a surprise because I'd always thought that no $1 coins had been produced in 1989, 1990 and 1991 as is stated on the Royal Australian Mint website:
I did a bit of googling and found that even though this coin was never released into circulation apparently you could mint this coin yourself, as well as being available purchase in a mint set at the time. Has anyone else come across this coin in the wild?
yes that's what it says on Australian coin blog, and the auction details from "Downies" just says 1992 observer stuck on a Mob planchet. What this is no one knows as there isn't any image. Royal Australian Mint also doesn't know (as far as I know, never asked).
The 1991 dollar would be either a mint your own or from a broken set - I've never found a 1991 dollar myself but most NCLT I find are dollar coins.
The 1992 mob of roos dollar was sold earlier in the year I thought? Or maybe it was last year. Anyway, there were images in the Coin and Banknote magazine and there are also pictures on the internet too.