1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 6th Portrait - Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck Gilt Dragon

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck Gilt Dragon) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Shipwreck Vergulde Draeck Gilt Dragon) -  reverse

Obverse © Gilt Dragon Front - Reverse © Gilt Dragon Back


Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2020
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.77 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 31.1 g
Diameter 33.90 mm
Shape Triangular
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Vergulde Draeck Gilt Dragon

Series: Australian Shipwrecks


6th portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem and the Victorian Coronation Necklace set within a small circle at the top of the triangle. Below an image of the shipwreck and sailors attempting to flee on a lifeboat. Below that a chest full of coins with some spilling out


Engravers: Jody Clark , Adam Ball

Jody Clark is a British engraver employed by the Royal Mint, notable for designing the fifth and latest portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to feature on coins of the pound sterling.
Adam Ball is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.


Depicts the Vergulde Draeck ship, surrounded by decorative maritime ornaments.
Text is upside down.

1 oz .999 Ag

Engraver: Adam Ball

Adam Ball is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.




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


The second release in the exceptional Australian Shipwrecks triangular-shaped bullion coin the design features the Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon).  Struck by the Royal Australian Mint and limited to just 20,000 bullion coins worldwide.

In 1656 a ship named Vergulde Draeck was traveling towards Batavia (current-day Jakarta), and struck an uncharted reef off the coast of Western Australia. The ship was carrying trade goods, coins, cargo, passengers and crew. Abraham Leeman, the under steersman, took the boat and six crew on a journey to Batavia to report the wreck. It is said that there were more survivors, but they were not located and it is unknown what happened to them. The wreckage of the Vergulde Draeck was discovered in 1963, and was excavated in 1972. About 19,000 coins were discovered, mostly Spanish reals and Japanese Silver coins.

The mystery of what became of the survivors of the Vergulde Draeck has never been answered. This was one of the most enigmatic episodes of Australia’s maritime history

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2020  20,000 35.75 Brilliant UNC in Capsule

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