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1988 brought many celebrations and issues marking 200 years since the First Fleet landed in Port Jackson, Sydney. These ships brought the first immigrants to start the new colony of New South Wales. The First Fleet consisted of 11 ships bringing approximately 1487 people from Great Britain to establish Australia’s first European colony. On the 26th January 1788 Fleet leader, Captain Arthur Phillip planted the British flag on Australian shore and claimed the land for the British Empire. This day continues to be celebrated as a national holiday Australia Day.
This one dollar issue reminds of the original Aboriginal inhabitants, the native Koori people that were displaced by European settlement. This dollar was also restruck later for inclusion in the 5 coin uncirculated set 1988-1992. A sterling silver proof version was also included in the masterpieces in a silver set issued in 1990.
The third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
Aboriginal design of a Koori Kangaroo on a backdrop of the seven-pointed Commonwealth Star or Star of Federation. Six of the points on the star represent the original six states, while the seventh point represents the combined territories and any future states of Australia.