The Perth Mint has released an Australian legal tender commemorative coin celebrating
the first known sighting and charting of the Australian coast by a European explorer.
Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the Australia on the Map coin depicts
the small Dutch ship Duyfken (Little Dove), which 400 years ago in 1606 made landfall on
the western shore of Cape York. The coin’s design includes the Duyfken in full sail and a
coloured representation of the expedition’s map of 320 kilometres of the Australian coast,
as well as The Perth Mint’s historic ‘P’ mintmark.
Under the command of Willem Janszoon, the Duyfken sailed from Bantam in Java at the
end of 1605, in search of trade opportunities on behalf of the Dutch East India Company.
By March 1606, the expedition had crossed the Arafura Sea and sighted the Australian
continent, sending a landing party ashore near the future site of the Queensland town of
Weipa. Janszoon and his crew, who became the first documented Europeans to
encounter Aborigines, literally put Australia on the map!
The coin, which bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on
its obverse, is housed in a stitched leatherette case, which comes in a spectacular outer
box with a decorative cartouche on the lid. It is accompanied by a replica of the original
Dutch map and a Certificate of Authenticity.
With a strictly limited mintage of only 10,000, and available at the affordable price of
AU$72.50, Australia on the Map will be a popular memento of this historic milestone. Coins
are now available through The Perth Mint Shop located at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, by
calling toll free on 1800 098 817, or by visiting Australia Post outlets or leading coin dealers,
and via the web at www.perthmint.com.au
As part of a maritime tradition, The Perth Mint’s Australia on the Map coin was set
under the main mast of the Duyfken. The ship sets sail on its anniversary voyage
christened by The Hon John Howard, MP and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands,
The Hon Jan Peter Balkenende, at the official launch celebrations held in Fremantle
tomorrow, commencing at 10am.
PICTURE EDITORS: Images of the Australia on the Map coin can be downloaded from
www.perthmint.com.au/gc/distributors/images.asp
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Veronica Maguire, General Manager Minted Products
Telephone 9421 7252 Mobile 0412 114 208 Email veronicam@perthmint.com.au