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Coin: One Dollar 1988 Australian Bicentenary

Coin commemorating the Australian Bicentenary (200 years since the First Fleet landed in Port Jackson, Sydney).

No regular (Mob of Roos) one dollar coins were released in 1988.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value1 (x Dollar) TypeOne Dollar Circulating Commemorative
Year1988 CurrentYes
Mintage21,600,000 (21.6 million)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 21,600,000 (21.6 million)
MaterialAluminium-Bronze DesignerStuart Devlin
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9

Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing pearls (effigy known as the "Third portrait"). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988. In tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988

The reverse is intended to remind us of the original Aboriginal inhabitants of Australia. It depicts aboriginal artwork - a stylised kangaroo on a backdrop of a seven pointed (federation) star modeled by designer Stuart Devlin. Around below the kangaroo is the denomination, ONE DOLLAR.

Reverse inscription


EdgeMilled interrupted, in seven sections Edge inscription



Krause lists circulation mintage of 20,294,000 plus 106,000 proofs.

One Dollar 1988 Australian Bicentenary: Known varieties
Proof 106,000
One Dollar 1988 Australian Bicentenary: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 100
One Dollar 1988 Australian Bicentenary: References to Information Used
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Design link
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One Dollar 1988 Australian Bicentenary: Some useful external links
Australian Coin Collecting Blog - 1988 First Fleet Bicentenary Dollar Coin
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