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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Parliament House

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Parliament House) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Parliament House) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1988
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.65 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 28 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 3.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 102
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

Parliament House

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1988
RDM

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Image of New Parliament House in Canberra with the Australian Flag flying high above.

Lettering:
SD
5
DOLLARS

Engraver: Stuart Devlin

Stuart Leslie Devlin, AO, CMG is a significant contemporary gold and silversmith. Australian-born, he has designed coins for countries around the world, and became especially well known as London-based designer of gold and silver collector's items in the 1970s and 80s.

Edge

Reeded

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Parliament House) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

In 1988 the Royal Australian Mint produced it’s first 5 dollar coin commemorating the opening of New Parliament House in Canberra. Three million of these uncirculated aluminium bronze 5 dollar coins were commissioned and distributed by the Commonwealth Bank at face value in 1988 in celebration of the opening of New Parliament House.

They were issued in 2 types of similar packaging, a sealed cellophane type, and a PVC flip. Because they were so easy to obtain from any Commonwealth Bank branch and quite special at the time these were collected and talked about, sparking interest in collecting that has spanned decades.


A special 1988 Bicentennial Coin and Note Collection were issued by the Reserve Bank. It contained a $2 coin, this $5 coin, a $10 Silver coin, a $2 Note, a $5 Note and a special commemorative $10 note.


A Proof version of the coin was issued in a capsule in a greyplush case set ina white box with a certificate.


A few were released in a limited edition AGC Presentation Box as part of a special mint run for the Australian Guarantee Corporation.
 
copyright Hayden Draman.

A Sterling Silver (.925) version of the coin was also released in a plush box.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1988  25,000 1.9% Proof 3 Coin - 3 Note Bicentennial Collection
1988  124,804 9.80 11% Proof Cased
1988  1.6% UNC in AGC Gift Box
1988  3,001,127 6.37 5.83 5.92 92% UNC in Plastic Flip

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