Ten Dollars Silver 1989 Queensland, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Ten Dollars Silver 1989 Queensland, Coin from Australia
CoinTen Dollars Silver 1989 Queensland

The regular circulating coinage of Australia includes coins from 5 cents up to two dollars. Apart from those, the Royal Australian Mint also issues non-circulating coins for collectors, some of which are made of silver and denominated as $10 (ten dollars). These are not bullion, since they are sold at prices much higher than the intrinsic value of the precious metal they contain.

This coin is part of a series which represents the individual States and Territories of the Commonwealth of Australia, and features the Coat of Arms of Queensland.

Queensland is a state in northeastern Australia, and is the second-largest and third-most populous of the Australian states. It is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, southwest and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and the Pacific Ocean; to its north is the Torres Strait, separating the Australian mainland from Papua New Guinea. With an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres, Queensland is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity; it is larger than all but 15 countries. Due to its size, Queensland's geographical features and climates are diverse, including tropical rainforests, rivers, coral reefs, mountain ranges and sandy beaches in its tropical and sub-tropical coastal regions, as well as deserts and savanna in the semi-arid and desert climatic regions of its interior.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage97,502
Australia / Ten Dollars Silver 1989 Queensland - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right (her effigy known as the "Third Portrait"). The Queen is wearing the royal diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament, a pearl necklace and earrings.

Incuse in tiny letters on the neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Around, the monarch's legend and the date of issue: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989
Australia / Ten Dollars Silver 1989 Queensland - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin features the Coat of Arms of Queensland granted by Queen Victoria in 1893 (the oldest Coat of Arms of an Australian state). The shield features a sheaf of wheat, the heads of a bull and ram (representing primary industry) and a column of gold on a mound of quartz representing mining. Supporting the shield are a Brolga (the State bird - representing native-born Queenslanders) and a Red Deer (symbolising the contributions of migrants from the UK and Europe). Atop of the shield sits a helmet and (for reasons unknown) the Maltese Cross super-imposed with the Royal Crown of St Edward framed by two stalks of sugar cane.

A banner sits below the Coat of Arms showing the State's Latin motto + AUDAX · AT · FIDELIS + meaning "Bold but Faithful".

Around above, the inscription QUEENSLAND. Around below, the face value 10 DOLLARS.

Reverse Inscription QUEENSLAND 10 DOLLARS
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

The coin is made of sterling silver (92.5%).

Mintage includes 48,929 Brilliant Uncirculated coins distributed in a presentation folder, and 48,573 cased proofs.

See also

Coins in the Australian States and Territories Silver Ten Dollars series:
- $10 Silver, Victoria, 1985
- $10 Silver, South Australia, 1986
- $10 Silver, New South Wales, 1987
- $10 Silver, Queensland, 1989
- $10 Silver, Western Australia, 1990
- $10 Silver, Tasmania, 1991
- $10 Silver, Northern Territory, 1992
- $10 Silver, Australian Capital Territory, 1993

Ten Dollars Silver 1989 Queensland: Known varieties
Variety In presentation folder
Mintage Issued: 48,929 (included in total)
Variety Proof FDC
Images Australia / Ten Dollars Silver 1989 Queensland / Proof FDC - obverse photo Australia / Ten Dollars Silver 1989 Queensland / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 48,573 (included in total)
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Ten Dollars Silver 1989 Queensland: Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTen Dollars, Silver
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait, by Raphael Maklouf
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage97,502
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerHorst Hahne
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size34.000 mm
Thickness2.550 mm
Mass20.000 g
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1989 $10 Queensland Silver Proof Coin
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1989 $10 Queensland Silver Proof Coin
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Ten Dollars Silver 1989 Queensland: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 114