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Royal Flying Doctor


In 1998 the Royal Australian Mint released two $5 dollar coins to commemorate seventy years since the founding of the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS). The first type is an aluminium bronze proof with a limited mintage of 20,000. The second type is uncirculated bi-metal with a stainless steel ring and an aluminium bronze centre.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) was founded by Reverend John Flynn in 1928. Flynn had been working in remote Australia establishing bush hospitals for settlers when he was provided with a large bequest for 'an aerial experiment'. This aerial experiment began with a single bi-plane that was used to provide a safety net for pioneers in the Australian bush. The experiment was a success and today the RFDS has a fleet of 66 aircraft that operate to provide remote and rural Australians to emergency and primary health care services. The work of Reverend Flynn has also been recognised by his inclusion on the reverse of the Australian twenty-dollar note.

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS691998 Bi-Metal49,500          MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1998 Proof20,00049505151220940Values 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.