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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
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1988
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.42 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 28 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 3.0 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 102
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

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

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 Bicentenial Coin and Note Collection was 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 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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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1988  25,000 Proof 3 Coin - 3 Note Bicentennial Collection
1988  124,804 13.70 Proof Cased
1988  UNC in AGC Gift Box
1988  3,001,127 6.30 5.02 UNC in Plastic Flip

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