Australian 1998 Proof Six Coin Year Set from the Royal Australian Mint – Bass & Flinders
Date Listed 07/10/2018
Australian 1998 Proof Six Coin Year Set – Bass & Flinders
George Bass and Matthew Flinders
1998 marked the bicentenary of the discovery of Bass Strait. The Royal Australian Mint released a coin set to pay tribute to the two determined men responsible for this feat: George Bass and Matthew Flinders.
Bass and Flinders were seasoned men of the sea, having served as officers aboard H.M.S. Reliance, the ship that transported the colony’s second governor, John Hunter, to Australia. Their extensive efforts in exploring the coastline of Australia culminated in their attempts to prove or disprove the existence of a strait of water separating Van Diemen’s Land – as Tasmania was then known – from the mainland. Bass’ own first attempt in an open whaleboat was unsuccessful due to poor weather and a lack of provisions, but with the assistance of Flinders as commander of the second expedition, the strait was discovered. Flinders asked of then Governor John Hunter that the strait be named Bass, “after my worthy friend and companion, as a just tribute to the extreme dangers and fatigues he had undergone in first entering it in the whaleboat.”
The 1998 Bass and Flinders Six Coin Set were available in both proof and uncirculated editions. The dignified portraits of Bass and Flinders laid over a map portraying the route of the successful expedition make up the finely crafted image of the centrepiece 50 cent coin. With a limited mintage, the Six Coin Proof Set is a genuine collector’s item.
This 1998 coin set was the last of its kind to feature the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Rafael Maklouf.
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