In 2013 the Royal Australian Mint released a two coin year set commemorating the impact that mining has had on Australia. This piece commemorates the initial discovery of gold which sparked the Victorian gold-rush. The reverse was designed by A. Stokic and features a man panning for gold along with the legend "DISCOVERY OF GOLD" and the denomination "1 DOLLAR". The obverse houses the portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013".
A grain of gold was discovered in 1851 in a waterhole near Bathurst in New South Wales. Six months later a further discovery of gold was made in Ballarat and Bendigo in Victoria. These discoveries caused a massive influx of immigration with 370,000 arriving in Australia in 1852 alone. Despite the initial discovery occurring in New South Wales, the Victorian goldfields proved more plentiful and the colony became extremely wealthy. The streets of Melbourne were constructed with the gold mined in Bendigo and Ballarat.
MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692013 14,88932343640411908703,50012,000MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2013 Proof6,218Values 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.