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The 200 Dollar Gold Bicentenary coin was issued in 1988 to commemorate 200 years since the arrival of the First Fleet in New South Wales. The reverse of the coin was designed by H.MacBeth-Raebum and depicts the arrival of the First Fleet on the shores of Australia, led by Captain Cook and HMS Lady Nelson. The legend included on the reverse is "AUSTRALIA - TWO HUNDRED YERAS" and "SYDNEY COVE 1788" along with the denomination "TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS". The obverse features the Raphael Maklouf portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, right facing, crowned with necklace and earrings. The obverse legend states "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988".

The first fleet consisted of 11 ships that left Great Britain to establish the first European Colony on Australia on the 13th of May 1787. The entire journey which included stops at Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro and the Cape of Good Hope took a total of 252 days. On board all 11 ships were a total of 1044 passengers. This was made up of officers, their families, free settlers and convicts. The fleet was commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip who would become the first Governor of the colony at New South Wales and included the flagship HMS Sirius, HMS Supply, Charlotte, Scarborough and Friendship. The ships arrived over a 3 day period with HMS Supply arriving first on Botany Bay on the 18th January and the final ships of the fleet arriving on the 20th. It soon became evident that Botany Bay was not a suitable location to start the colony as they were unprotected, fresh water was sparse and the soil was poor. Phillip's went searching for somewhere more suitable and on the 26th January the colony was moved to Port Jackson.

The tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coin(Wikipedia, 2013)

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS691988 11,000          MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1988 Proof20,000      Values 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.