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Opening of a Continent


The 'Opening of the Continent' series pays tribute to the different forms of transportation connected Australia's distant colonies. These connections allowed the development of industry, agriculture, trade and cultural.

The series is part of the Masterpieces in Silver collection and consists of five $5 proof pieces struck into sterling silver by the Royal Australian Mint. The transportation methods that are celebrated by this series include; the Bullock Team, Camels, Paddle-Steamers, and the Steam Traction Engine.

Steam Engine1997Steam Train1997Paddlesteamer1997Bullocks1997Camels1997
  MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAMSteam Engine1997 Proof10,000110110120120130480Steam Train1997 Proof10,000100100110110120470Paddlesteamer1997 Proof10,0004950505152260Bullocks1997 Proof10,000494950505152Camels1997 Proof10,0006163646566330Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.