5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Royal Flying Doctor Service

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Royal Flying Doctor Service) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Royal Flying Doctor Service) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1998
Value 5 Dollars
5 AUD = 3.44 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
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


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.


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


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 - Royal Flying Doctor Service) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


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. It was issued in a capsule inside a plush brown case that was placed inside a cardboard box. it came with a numbered certificate of Authenticity.

The RFDS 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.

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

A different design Bi-metal  $5 coin also commemorating 70 years of the RFDS was released in a coincard.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1998  15,158 13.58 Proof in Case

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