Elizabeth II (1952-date)
1.00 AUD = 0.77 USD
|Composition||Silver (.999) (Pad printed)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
400th Anniversary of European sighting of Australia
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. Beading just inside rim with denomination at bottom.
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Ship "Duyfken"on left hand side, map showing charting of coastline to right. Compass rose at top. Perth mint mark "P".
1OZ. 999 SILVER 1606 - 2006
Australia on the Map
© Richard Thomas
Towards the end of 1605, William Janzoon sailed from Bantam in Java, in search of trade opportunities on behalf of the Dutch East India Company. The Master of the small Dutch ship Duyfken (little Dove) sailed south-east, charting part of the coast of Nova Guinea. By March 1606 the expedition had crossed the Arafura Sea, sighting what was assumed to be a southern extension of the island.
In fact Janzoon had discovered the northern coast of a vast southern continent, marking the beginning of Australia's recorded history. More precisely he made landfall on the western shore of Cape York, near the future site of the town of Weipa. Janzoon and his crew, who became the first documented Europeans to encounter Aborigines, literally put Australia on the map by charting 320 kilometres of the coast.
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