1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - The First Fleet - Silver Proof


Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.73 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999) (Pad Printed)
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.6 mm
Thickness 4 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

The First Fleet - 220 Years


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


Designer: 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.


Coloured bust of Captain Arthur Phillip under an early map outline of New Holland

Captain Arthur Phillip
1oz 999 Silver




P Perth Mint, Australia


Released by the Perth Mint to commemorate 220 years since the First Fleet, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, arrived in 1788 at Sydney Cove at what was then known as "New Holland". It was issued in a wooden box inside a cardboard shipper with 12 Jigsaw Medallions or by itself without the Medallions.

The First Fleet set sail from England for the coast of New Holland on the 13th May 1787. Just seventeen years earlier, Lieutenant James Cook had charted the area claiming the land he called New South Wales for Britain. Cook's claim was affirmed by Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet, who accepted instructions from the Home Secretary, Lord Sydney, to establish Britain's first colony in Australia.

This coin marks the 220th anniversary of the First Fleet. The coin's reverse portrays a coloured image of Governor Arthur Phillip and an outline of the Australian continent, often referred to as New Holland at that time.

This 2008 99.9% pure silver one dollar coin that was issued with the Medallions was surrounded by a ring of silver proof one third ounce ‘Jigsaw’ medallions pieces that locked together portraying the names of the ships of the First Fleet: making up a full circular medallion. The names were :-

Alexander, Borrowdale, Charlotte, Fishburn, Friendship, Golden Grove, Lady Penrhyn, Prince of Wales, Scarborough, HMS Sirius, HMS Supply. The 12th medallion depicts a stylised compass and the iconic Southern Cross constellation. The total silver weight of the 12 jigsaw medallions and the coin centerpiece is 4 ounces. The obverse of each medallion depicts a pattern of stylised waves and the Southern Cross.

These are pictures of the front and back of the complete medallion set combined with the coin.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008 P 4,483 Proof - Colourised
2008 P 1,435 Proof - With 12 Jigsaw Medallions

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