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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - The Gold Rush Era - Masterpieces in Silver

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - The Gold Rush Era - Masterpieces in Silver) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - The Gold Rush Era - Masterpieces in Silver) -  reverse

© Richard Thomas

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1995
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.58 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# 303
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

Masterpieces in Silver - Colonial Australia

Series: Colonial Australia

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1995
RDM

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.

Reverse

Miners with their equipment outside their accommodation

Lettering:
THE GOLD RUSH ERA
5 DOLLARS

Engraver: Wojciech Pietranik

Wojciech Pietranik, born 25 March 1950, is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals.

Edge

Continuous reeding

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - The Gold Rush Era - Masterpieces in Silver) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint issued in 1995 a Colonial Australia Masterpieces in Silver Proof $5 Dollars, Five Coin Set with reverse designs celebrating Australia's primary industries, communications, transport and economy. This particular coin celebrated the achievements of miners who opened up the gold fields and discovered other important minerals including Opals etc in early Australia

Gold was first discovered in 1823 (near Bathurst) by James McBrien, but the news was suppressed in case of a convict uprising. However, by the ate 1840's transportation of convicts had ceased, and there were more free settlers. When Edward Hargraves claimed to have discovered gold the rush was on. Within two months, Australia was hit with gold fever. Labourers left farms, clerks abandoned city desks, and people arrived from Europe and the US, all hoping to make their fortunes.

Realising an opportunity for revenue, the Government declared that miners must pay a licence fee of 30 shillings a month. To stop the manpower drain from Victoria a reward was offered to the first person to find gold in that state. Gold was soon discovered (first at Clunes, then Ballarat) and the frenzied diggers began returning to Victoria which quickly became the gold centre of Australia. A miner's licence fee was also imposed in Victoria causing ugly disputes by miners demanding a reduction in the fee, culminating in the Eureka Stockade clash in Ballarat in 1854. The Gold Rush opened new roads inland, attracted immigration and injected much needed cash into the economy.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1995  14,000 Proof in Masterpieces in Silver Set

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