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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II Tasmania Bicentenary

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Tasmania Bicentenary) -  obverse 5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Tasmania Bicentenary) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2004
Value 5 Dollars
AUD = 3.39 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 20 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 728a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Bicentenary of European settlement in Tasmania

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
IRB
· 5 DOLLARS ·

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.

Reverse

Depiction of the Lady Nelson brig in full sail superimposed on a map of Tasmania. Blossoms of the Leatherwood plant, endemic to Tasmania to the left and right.

Lettering:
BICENTENARY OF TASMANIA
H

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

Milled

Lettering: No Lettering

Comments

This $5 NCLT coin was issued by the RAM to commemorate a significant event in Australian history, the Bicentenary of European settlement in Tasmania. The Bicentennial Year also marked the previous explorations of Dutch, French and British explorers, which led to permanent settlement in 1803 - 1804. The "H" mintmark is included on the reverse design to recognise that the coin was specifically minted for Hobart.

A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was also released without the "H" Mintmark.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2004 H 18,561 UNC in Card
2004 H 2,841 UNC Mobile Press

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