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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 400th Anniversary of Duyfken's Exploration of Australia

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (400th Anniversary of Duyfken's Exploration of Australia) -  obverse 5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (400th Anniversary of Duyfken's Exploration of Australia) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2006
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.42 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 20 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 813
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

400th Anniversary of Duyfken's Exploration of Australia

Obverse

4th Portrait Queen Elizabeth II facing right

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2006
5 DOLLARS
IRB

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 ship Duyfken in full sail.
To the right a basic compass.

Lettering:
Voyage of Discovery (left)
Duyfken 1606 2006 (right)
GZ (Mintmark)

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

Reeded

Comments

This NCLT aluminium coin was minted by the RAM in 2006 to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the first European discovery of Australia.
In 1606, a small sleek Dutch ship called the Duyfken captained by Willem Janzsoon sailed through the Spice Islands in search of gold and trade opportunities. There was none of the coveted gold or trade opportunities, but what the crew found was even more significant - the coastline of the Gulf of Carpenteria which is the northern extremity of a huge continent they named "Groot Zuydtlandt" (Great Southland) and which the map makers soon called "Terra Australis Incognita" or "Unknown Southern Land" and which we now know as Australia. Many regard this crew as the true European "discoverers" of Australia, and in recent years the Duyfkens involvement in Australian history has been recognised in official history books.

The GZ mintmark refers to the Original Dutch name for Australia "Groot Zuydtlandt".

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2006 GZ 17,110 UNC Coincard

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