1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - The Rum Rebellion

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Rum Rebellion) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Rum Rebellion) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

The Rum Rebellion 1808


4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara


Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.


Depiction of the scene when Governor William Bligh was arrested by two members of the New South Wales Corps


Engraver: Adam Ball

Adam Ball is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.


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

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - The Rum Rebellion) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


This NCLT Aluminium-bronze commemorative $1 coin produced by the RAM is the second coin in a set of three that will recognise Mutiny and Rebellion in the South Pacific and Australia between 1789 and 1854. This particular coin is about the Rum Rebellion of 1808 and was issued in a large coincard.


On 26th January 1808, the New South Wales Corps marched from their barracks to Government House to overthrow the Governor, William Bligh: the only time a military coup has ever deposed an Australian Government. Irascible, autocratic Bligh had infuriated the ambitious and elite military by attempting to break the economic stranglehold they held over the fledgling colony. The Rum Rebellion, named for the rum trade that had made the Corps powerful, led to the rule of law in Australia, and eventually to its transition from penal colony to free settlement.

Also issued by Australia Post in a PNC.

A further Prestige PNC issue of only 200 copies will be released in November 2019 by Australia Post.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2019  200 PNC Prestige Issue
2019  6,500 UNC in Aust Post PNC
2019  30,000 UNC in Coincard

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