The Pobjoy Mint has issued a new coin on behalf of the Isle of Man,
which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Matthew Flinders’
publication of the first atlas to include Australia.
Capt. Matthew Flinders was a distinguished English navigator and
cartographer who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and to
identify it as a continent. He was also the first to have his atlas of
maps of Australia published.
Born in March 1774, Flinders made three voyages to the southern
ocean. During the second voyage it was confirmed that Van Diemen’s
Land, which is now Tasmania, was an island. After this voyage
Flinders' work came to the attention of Sir Joseph Banks and as a
result, in January 1801, Flinders was given command of the
HMS Investigator and promoted to Commander the following month.
Aboard the Investigator, Flinders started his exploration of
the Australian coastline and proceeded around the coastline drawing up
his maps as he went. After his return to England, Flinder’s map of
"Terra Australia" was first published in January 1814.
Revered in Australia and acknowledged as one of the greatest
navigators in history, he died 200 years ago in 1814 at the age of 40,
the day after the book and atlas were published.
The HMS Investigator and a map of Australia appear on the
reverse of the new coins, surrounded by iconic images that represent
Australia. These include a koala, kangaroo and the Sydney Opera House.
The obverse carries the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The 1-crown coin is available in either Uncirculated copper-nickel
or Proof .925 fine silver versions; the Proof examples are struck four
times and feature “frosted high relief sculpting against a mirror
brilliant background,” according to the Pobjoy Mint. Both coins weigh
28.28 grams and measure 38.6 millimeters in diameter.
The Uncirculated coin has an unlimited mintage and costs $16.95, and
the Proof coin, which is limited to a mintage of 10,000 pieces, costs $89.
For more information or to order the coins, visit the website www.pobjoy.com or
telephone the Pobjoy Mint at 877-476-2569.