2014 A Voyage to Terra Australis $1 Coin

The Royal Australian Mint has launched a new coin to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Matthew Flinders’ journal A Voyage to Terra Australis. The journal provided a detailed account of Flinders’ explorations aboard HMAS Investigator and other vessels during a time when Australia was a vast unknown land for European settlers. His explorations included the first circumnavigating the Australian continent.

2014 A Voyage to Terra Australis $1 Coin

The reverse design of the coin features an artistic impression of Australia and a stylized tall ship in full sail within a compass rose. These design elements come together in a cohesive and pleasing manner with the inscriptions “A Voyage to Terra Australis 1814-2014” around the outer edge and the denomination “1 Dollar” on the continent of Australia.

The theme for the coin was first unveiled to a queue of eager collectors who had waited outside the Mint building to be among the first 100 to strike a coin in 2014. The Royal Australian Mint has provided such an opportunity in previous years, creating an exciting experience for collectors and a numismatic event worthy of media attention.

A Sydney teenager had the privilege of striking the first coin of 2014, after camping outside of the Mint building for five nights. According to this article, the teen was offered $2,000 for his first coin, which he turned down.

The 10th coin struck was posted for auction on eBay and realized a final price of AU$255.01.


Besides the base metal version of the coin, the Royal Australian Mint has also offered a limited mintage silver proof version. The coin is struck in 99.99% silver with a weight of 11.66 grams and diameter of 25.00 mm. The mintage is indicated at 12,500 pieces. Orders for the coin may be placed at the RAM’s eShop.

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  1. fmtransmitter says

    Thanks so much for clarity on the proof and HR for the wedge tail. I cancelled my order at govmimt as this was a proof and not an HR. I did secure an HR from a different source and may use govmint for the five ounce.

  2. Samuel says

    fm, i rememebr u said u emailed a seller about the coin, and he siad u insulted him. did u say sorry to him yet?

  3. cagcrisp says

    Any way you can get one of these coins without having to pay $35 international shipping from the Royal Australian Mint?

  4. fmtransmitter says

    Why would apologize for making a more than fare offer? He should apologize for trying to sell for so much. Ah, I have your ebay ID now Samuel. lol

  5. fmtransmitter says

    Yea, confirmation email from Aussie that I am to be receiving the HR and should ship today and confirmation the govmint was cancelled as I could and they could NOT confirm if it was a Proof or a HR.

  6. Samuel says

    fm, my ID is eastxxxxmint, right?

    by the way, how did u get the confirmation from gov? they told me my order was cancelled, but no email etc.

  7. rolling-thunder says

    Interesting – I’ve been thinking based on coins listed by eastxxxxside that it is an eBay outlet for GovMint/New York Mint

    Just guessing

  8. fmtransmitter says

    I did not get my HR Wedge from govmint. I cancelled that one after I found out it wasn’t a HR. These folks said they keep 5 or so for the business when they acquire and decided to release one to myself and another buyer. GOOD Customer service. Now, when I am ready to buy again, who am I going to go to first? Wish all Dealers were like that.

  9. fmtransmitter says

    I want to give a quick thank you also to the buyer of the gold version. Smart buy on that one. I see nothing but dollar signs short mid and long term. An instant classic IMO.

  10. fmtransmitter says

    I believe the HR is the future and showcases the pinnacle of technology today in coin minting. That way of stamping really makes the coins “pop” form angles and just looks stunning. It is crazy to think what they will come up with 50 years from now.

  11. rolling-thunder says

    So who is it hoarding the 5,000 PCGS High Relief Australian Eagles and the first 2,500 NGC graded Royal Birth coins?

    Several of the few listings are by eastxxxxmint

    I think something fishy about this!

  12. fmtransmitter says

    Well IMO the Dealers are in direct communication with each other hence the grey sheet, etc. So when an item is getting chatter it makes perfect business sense to test the market and see what is the max you sell for. govmint paid Mercanti to design this coin and paid Perth to make it. So they are. And based on their ‘feedback” they do operate in a not so professional fashion. I think they would rather deal to other dealers. Again this is my take on it. govmint will reach out to their dealer base and sell to them, then us end buyers.

  13. fmtransmitter says

    I mean when I call them, why can’t I buy a PCGS GEM BU that was graded in the thousands??

  14. Ikaika says

    @ FM

    “govmint paid Mercanti to design this coin and paid Perth to make it.”

    What is the source of this information? I would be interested to know. If this is indeed true, it changes my view for this coin and just adds to my negative opinion about the Perth mint.

    @ Michael Zielinski

    Do you have any information on the above statement? Thanks!

  15. fmtransmitter says

    The pamphlet online in the auction for the gold. It was produced by govmint. It says it all. Artists are “commissioned” to create works of art. Mints are commissioned to stamp those works of art, just like placing an order. I can design my own coin and have Perth stamp it on any type of blank I want. The deal with it being a denomination and having the Queen’s effigy on the front is in accordance with the coin act of what 1965?

  16. Ikaika says

    @ FM

    On the coin update website there is a comment by them saying that the Perth mint approached Mercanti for this project. It is in the article about him and the HR coin. One thing for sure, Michael will be able to write a very very long article on this offering once all the facts are know 🙂

  17. fmtransmitter says

    To add to that Ikaika, I did also get confirmation from Perth there will be a 5 ounce struck later this year.

  18. Addielise says

    Silver HR now unavailable from Perth and Downies, any other places still have thm in stock other than Ebay? If not, let the games begin!

  19. Addielise says

    Thanks FM, Amazon, go figure, LOL! I’d prefer OGP for this one, these slabs that just say Gem Proof means that they didn’t grade at least 69 right? I’m assuming that Govmint bought 5000 leaving 5000 for Perth tell themselves. Even though that’s a fairly low amount, it’s probably the first time in 2 years that they’ve had this fast of a sellout. I have a feeling we’re going to see a ton of different variations of this design come out in the coming months. HR, proof, bullion, 5oz, and maybe gilded and colored…….

  20. JagFan says

    They also still have the gold version available… Looks like one of the reasons they still have them is because of their description. They have it listed as Wedge Tail

    Good Luck!

  21. Addielise says

    Thanks JagFan! I had to submit and wait for shipping info from them but hopefully it won’t be too bad. Tempted about the gold but I’ll just settle for the silver!

  22. fmtransmitter says

    So the ebay seller states please allow 3 weeks for delivery for the wedge tail from his supplier. So it seems the market will soon be flooded, to what can say 5,000 flood is the question? Not too much but enough if that makes sense.

  23. Addielise says

    FM, yeah that’s probably to be expected, I would think the effects of the flood will depend on how many different sellers pop up. If it’s just one or two major dealers, probably affiliated with govmint somehow, they’ll most likely keep the prices stable. If it’s a bunch of flippers, they’ll drive the prices down, especially the ones that panic. I also think a lot will depend on how quickly (or if) word gets out that this was a Mercanti designed coin. If every ASE collector found out about this coin, I don’t think 5k or 10k mintage would last long.

    Curious that the Ebay seller says 3 weeks as Perth usually has their new releases ready to go at the opening bell. I was always impressed how quickly they got their new issues shipped. And my biggest concern is that Perth doesn’t kill this design with too many versions, like they did with the Year of the Dragon coins. Unfortunately I’m 95% sure they will.

  24. fmtransmitter says

    His “supplier” isn’t Perth IMO, it is a larger dealer who bought several hundred or thousand and is selling to other dealers 5 and 10 at a time…Seems to me that is how most of these Dealers work…

  25. fmtransmitter says

    Soooo our USPS site has acknowledged my wedge tail coming from over seas, that is cool. I need to sign for it, which has always been a headache but the neighbor was here last time, maybe a heads up to her again so I don’t have to chase the thing around town.

  26. fmtransmitter says

    COLLECTORS will too DDD! govmint is only selling 40mm Proof, 32mm HR is sold out according to govmint…If they start selling them again then they lied to me and others and I prefer not to do business with liars…Not saying they lied, saying they did if they start to sell the HR again GEM PCGS…

  27. fmtransmitter says

    DDD, that link does NOT go to any article ANYMORE anyway…Seems you may have gotten them to remove that page…Interesting..

  28. DDD says

    FM: The article is still on the web. Search for “2014 Australian Silver Eagle” then scroll down to “2014 Australian Silver Eagle GovMint.com”. I use the Yahoo search engine.

    Evidently GovMint is keeping tabs on this blog.

  29. fmtransmitter says

    lol@DDD…Yea I am suspect with their business approach. I like the Aussies better, hey we have one for you, ofcourse we will sell it at issue price. Please remember us when you are ready to buy again…Much nicer…

  30. Ikaika says

    @ FM

    Thank you for the link to the Mercanti’s interview. Glad to know that it was the Perth mint that approached him for the project, not the Gov mint

  31. fmtransmitter says

    Yea, i thought you would like to read that and clear a few of the questions we all have had about this offering…Cheers!

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