This one hundred Dollar gold
coin issued in 1996 was the second to be released from a series of nine entitled
Floral Emblems of Australia
. The set was released between the years of 1995 and 2003 with a coin featuring the floral emblem of each state as well as the Commonwealth, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. This particular coin features the Blue Gum, which is the floral emblem of Tasmania. Each emblem of the entire series is represented on three different coins. The first is a $150 half Troy ounce
coin and the remaining two are both $100 one-third Troy ounce proof coins, one of which is an
(Royal Australian Mint, 2002)
With regards to the $100 coins there was a limited
of 2500 for the standard proof and 3000 for the uncirculated proof. Credit for the design of the
of this coin goes to Horst Hahne.
The design is very simple and features the Blue Gum, which takes up the majority of the space. The
is curved beneath the flower following the shape of the coin. The
features the Raphael Maklouf portrait of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is surrounded by the
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1996
. The $100 coins were issued in a plush burgundy presentation case and accompanying it was a Certificate of Authenticity and booklet of information pertaining to the different floral emblems. The outer box was also a burgundy colour and features the text
FLORAL EMBLEMS OF AUSTRALIA
written above a picture of the flower represented within. Below was written
1996 $100 GOLD UNCIRCULATED
The Blue Gum tree goes by a variety of names such as the Tasmanian Blue Gum, the Southern Blue Gum or its scientific name
They are an evergreen tree that grow to up to 180 ft tall and are the most widely cultivated of all of the native Australian trees. Although found in other areas the Blue Gum is most commonly found in Tasmania and Southern Victoria.
The leaves can be used to extract eucalyptus oil and the Blue Gum tree is actually the primary source of the popular oil. The leaves can also be used to make tea and the flowers are a great source of pollen and nectar making them a favourite with bees. In 1962 the Tasmanian Blue Gum tree was made the floral emblem of Tasmania.
MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS691996 2,0578708909109409409509609601,700MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1996 Proof2,254Values 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.