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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II Royal Flying Doctor Service

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Royal Flying Doctor Service) -  obverse 5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Royal Flying Doctor Service) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1998
Value 5 Dollars
AUD = 3.40 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 28 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 3.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 386
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

70 Years of the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Obverse

4th Portrait Queen Elizabeth II facing right

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
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

Female radio operator sitting on a chair communicating with Pilot of Royal Flying Doctor Aeroplane depicted flying past.

Lettering:
ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR
DOLLARS
5
70 YEARS OF SERVICE

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-bronze proof coin was released by the RAM in 1996 to commemorate 70 Years of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Australia which commenced in Cloncurry, Queensland in 1928 . Until early in the 20th century, sickness and injury were among the worst fears of the hardy souls who lived and worked in Australia's outback. Medical attention was either out of reach or a long and arduous ride away. In 1928, after much initial opposition, the Reverend John Flynn succeeded in his quest to establish the Arial Medical service, later to become the Flying Doctor Service and, with its Royal charter in 1955, the Royal Flying Doctor service. The "Flying Doctors" of today service a huge area and sparse population, making its efficiency unique among the world's arial medical providers. Seventeen bases across Australia provide 80% of the Australian Continent, around 7.1 million square kilometres, with much needed medical care. The 82 flights and 32,500 kilometres travelled every single day are testimony to the dedication of the staff of the Royal Flying Doctor service.

(Possibly the first Australian coin issued with the 4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II)

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1998  15,158 Proof

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