1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - First Fleet Bicentenary

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - First Fleet Bicentenary) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - First Fleet Bicentenary) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 1988-1990
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 11.49 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 100a,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 88a
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

Masterpieces in Silver - First Fleet Bicentenary


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.


Stylised kangaroo design in Aboriginal style. Set against a seven pointed Federation Star.

Lettering: ONE DOLLAR

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.


7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - First Fleet Bicentenary) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


This is a Sterling Silver (.925) NCLT version of the Aluminium-bronze coin that the RAM issued into circulation in 1988. It was issued in the Masterpieces in Silver sets for 1988 & 1990. It was also issued at the Sydney Coin Fairs in both of those years.

The coin commemorates the Bi-Centenary of Australia. This was 200 years since Captain Arthur Phillip, the commander of the First Fleet, planted the British Flag at Sydney Cove which signified the beginning of European settlement.

This one dollar coin reminds Australians of the original Aboriginal inhabitants of our nation. The reverse depicts aboriginal artwork- a stylised kangaroo on a backdrop of a seven pointed (Federation) star. When one of these is received in change, it is a reminder of the native Koori people that were displaced by European settlement.

 The coin was also issued in the annual proof and uncirculated sets in Aluminium-bronze.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1988  19,999 Proof (Masterpieces in Silver Set
1988  5,000 Proof (Sydney Coin Fair)
1990  22,499 Proof (Masterpieces in Silver)
1990  2,500 Proof (Sydney Coin Fair)

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