Detailed information about Coin: Fifty Cents 1998 Bass and Flinders from Australia
Coin commemorating the 200th anniversary of the voyage of Bass and Flinders.
The voyage of George Bass and Matthew Flinders proved that Tasmania is an island. In 1798 in the sailing boat the “Norfolk”, Bass and Flinders circumnavigated the island of Van Diemen’s Land (which became Tasmania in 1856) establishing that it was in fact separated from the main part of Australia by a strait of water. Flinders recommended to the Governor of the colony of New South Wales in 1800 that the strait be named after George Bass as "Bass’s Strait" which it was duly named and later known more simply as Bass Strait.
No regular (Coat of Arms) fifty cent coins were released in 1998.
|Face value||50 (x Cent)||Type||Fifty Cents Circulating Commemorative|
|Mintage||22,422,000 (22.4 million)|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II||Effigy||Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait)|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Polygon (Dodecagon - twelve sides)|
|Size (mm)||31.6500||Thickness (mm)|
Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing pearls (effigy known as the "Third portrait"). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998. In tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).
|Obverse inscription||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998|
The reverse types features portraits of George Bass and Matthew Flinders over a map depicting their discovery route of Bass Strait. The names of the discoverers are near the upper left rim of the coin (GEORGE BASS) and lower right (MATTHEW FLINDERS). The denomination 50 [cents] is in the top right. Below George Bass's portrait, DISCOVERY OF BASS STRAIT 1798 - 1998.
50 GEORGE BASS MATTHEW FLINDERS DISCOVERY OF BASS STRAIT 1798 - 1998
|Proof||32,000 (included in main number)|
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Australia KM# 364|
|Museums Victoria Collections||Coin description||link|
|Royal Australian Mint||2016||Mint||link|
|Royal Australian Mint||2016||Mintage||link|
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Mintage||Circulation and proof mintage|
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Varieties||Proof|
|Royal Australian Mint||2016||Composition||link|
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