5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - Parliament House

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

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Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1988
Value 5 Dollars
5 AUD = 3.42 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 35.79 g
Diameter 38.63 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 102a,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 89a
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

Parliament House


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


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.


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


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.




This Sterling Silver (.925) NCLT Proof coin was issued by the RAM (19,999 Sets) as part of the 1988 Bicentennial Masterpieces in Silver Set with three other Sterling Silver Proof coins. 5000 Sets were also released at the Sydney Coin Fair with a specially printed wrap around ribbon.

The coins in the set were :-
This $5 coin which commemorated the opening of the New Parliament House in the Bicentennial Year 1988.
A 50 cent coin featuring the special reverse face for the Bicentennial Year 1988
A $1 coin featuring the special reverse face for the Bicentennial Year 1988.
A $2 coin which replaced the Two Dollar Banknote in the Bicentennial Year 1988.
Three million Aluminium-bronze versions of this $5 coin were also commissioned and distributed by the Commonwealth Bank in folders at face value in 1988 in celebration of the opening of the New Parliament House. A Proof version of the Aluminium-bronze coin was also sold in a plush square box.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1988  19,999 75% Proof (Masterpieces in Silver Set)
1988  5,000 50% Proof (MIS Sydney Coin Fair)

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