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Royal Blue Bell


Between 1995 and 2003 the Royal Australian Mint released nine pieces as part of the Floral Emblems of Australia series. The series featured the floral emblems of each state as well as the Commonwealth, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory. Each of the nine emblems is featured on three different coins; a one hundred-fifty dollar half Troy ounce proof coin, and two hundred dollar pieces, one of which is uncirculated and the other a one-third Troy ounce proof piece.

This particular coin features the Royal Blue Bell, which is the floral emblem of the Australian Capital Territory. The elegant reverse was designed by Horst Hahne and features the Royal Blue Bell with the legend "100 DOLLARS" curved beneath the flower. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HRH Queen Elizabeth II and is surrounded by the legend that reads "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003."

The Royal Bluebell or the Wahlenbergia gloriosa is a wild flower found across Australia. Its typical favoured environment includes places of high rainfall and is found in particularly plentiful quantities in the Australian Alps. It can be seen in both shady areas and regions of direct and bright sunlight. As a wild flower they do not reach great heights and the deep blue and purple colours will be spotted on the ground. Flowering generally occurs between October and March. The botanical name of the flower was given in honour of the Swedish Professor of Botony, Georg Goran Wahlenberg. The Royal Bluebell was made the official floral emblem for the Australian Capital Territory in 1981.

The tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coin

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692003 852          MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2003 Proof1,343860870870870870870Values 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.