5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Henry Lawson - Masterpieces in Silver

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Henry Lawson - Masterpieces in Silver) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Henry Lawson - Masterpieces in Silver) -  reverse

© Richard Thomas


Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1996
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.88 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 35.79 g
Diameter 38.9 mm
Thickness 3.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 332
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Shaping a National Identity - Masterpieces in Silver

Series: Australian National Identity


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.


Henry Lawson standing in front of the poem TO MY FRIENDS, value and denomination at the bottom.

Henry Lawson

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.



5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Henry Lawson - Masterpieces in Silver) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


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


The Royal Australian Mint issued in 1996 a National Identity Masterpieces in Silver Proof $5 Dollars, Five Coin Set with reverse designs paying tribute to people and events that have had a major influence in making us uniquely Australian. This particular coin celebrates Henry Lawson.

Henry Lawson (1867 - 1922) published his first poem in the nationalist magazine, the Bulletin, in 1887. Called Á Song for the Republic', it was a stirring call to Australians to approach the new century with courage and commitment to the nation. Lawson was central in the move towards 'realism'in literature. instead of a gentle, idyllic place, the Australian landscape was depicted as indifferent to its inhabitants, who were battlers - gaunt, tragic, but noble. In his depiction of self-reliant, indomitable,  independent Australians, Lawson put into words the qualities that contributed to the nation's sense of self. He was the first Australian write to be given a State funeral.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1996  9 031 Proof in Masterpieces in Silver Set

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