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Australian 1998 Proof Six Coin Year Set from the Royal Australian Mint – Bass & Flinders

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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.

Other Coins on Sale

I have been collecting coins for over 35 years and selling my entire collection which includes the following Royal Australian Mint Proof Sets.

1975 to 1984 Coins are in a sealed plastic case and foam box.

1985 to 1999 Coins are in a sealed plastic case, a wallet case and outer box

2001 to 2013 Coins are in a sealed plastic case, a wallet case and outer box

If you are interested in purchasing the entire collection of Royal Australian Mint Proof Sets from me, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Collection

Self-collection near Somerset or Dhoby Ghaut MRT vicinity or a mutually agreed location

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

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