5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 400th Anniversary of Duyfken's Exploration of Australia

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 400th Anniversary of Duyfken's Exploration of Australia) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 400th Anniversary of Duyfken's Exploration of Australia) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2006
Value 5 Dollars
5.00 AUD = 3.88 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 20 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 58171
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References KM# 813
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

400th Anniversary of Duyfken's Exploration of Australia


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


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.


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

Voyage of Discovery (left)
Duyfken 1606 2006 (right)
GZ (Counterstamp)

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.



5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 400th Anniversary of Duyfken's Exploration of Australia) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


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


This NCLT aluminium coin was minted by the RAM in 2006 to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the first European discovery of Australia, it was released in a folding coincard.

In 1606, a small sleek Dutch ship called the Duyfken (Little Dove) 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) Counterstamp refers to the Original Dutch name for Australia "Groot Zuydtlandt".

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2006 (GZ) 17 110 9.71 UNC in Coincard

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