• 50 Cents 1998, KM# 364, Australia, Elizabeth II, 200th Anniversary of the Discovery of Bass Strait
  • 50 Cents 1998, KM# 364, Australia, Elizabeth II, 200th Anniversary of the Discovery of Bass Strait
Obverse

The third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewellery has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998

Reverse

Depicts portraits of George Bass (1771–1803) and Matthew Flinders (1774–1814), a map and a depiction of the route they took around Tasmania.

The voyage of George Bass and Matthew Flinders proved that Tasmania was an island. This voyage 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.

Strong currents between south-east portions of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean waters make powerful, wild storm waves. To illustrate its wild strength, Bass Strait is both twice as wide and twice as rough as the English Channel. The shipwrecks on the Tasmanian and Victorian coastlines number in the hundreds.

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

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

Edge

50 Cents

3rd portrait

200th Anniversary of the Discovery of Bass Strait

KM# 364
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape polygon
Sides 12
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Australian Mint (RAM)

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