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Coin: Fifty Cents 1998 Bass and Flinders
Description

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.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents Circulating Commemorative
Year1998 CurrentYes
Mintage22,422,000 (22.4 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Australian Mint 22,422,000 (22.4 million) No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerVladimir Gottwald
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon (Dodecagon - twelve sides)
Size (mm)31.6500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.5500
Obverse

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
Reverse

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.

Reverse inscription

50 GEORGE BASS MATTHEW FLINDERS DISCOVERY OF BASS STRAIT 1798 - 1998

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Fifty Cents 1998 Bass and Flinders: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof 32,000 (included in main number)
Fifty Cents 1998 Bass and Flinders: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 364
Fifty Cents 1998 Bass and Flinders: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum 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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