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.
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.