Mintage:18,312 Reverse Designer:Vladimir Gottwald and Wojciech PietranikObverse Designer:Raphael MakloufSize:39mmWeight:35.79gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
This $5 dollar silver
coin bears the image of Captain Charles Sturt and is one coin out of a 5 piece set. 'The Explorers' is the title of one
of the Masterpieces in Silver
coin sets, which was released in two parts in 1993 and 1994. Each of the two parts contains five coins, which commemorate
the explorations done throughout Australia by various explorers. The other 9 coins that make up the complete set each feature
the image of one important explorer, with the exception of one which bears the faces of three men Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth.
This coin commemorating Charles Napier Sturt is taken from the second half of the 'The Explorers' set released in 1994,
from which the remaining four coins commemorate the explorations carried out by Leichhardt, McDouall Stuart, Forrest and
Mawson. The five coins that make up the first half, released in 1993 commemorate explorers Lawson, Wentworth and Blaxland,
Cook, Tasman, Flinders and of course the original explorers of the continent, the Aborigines. The
reverse of this coin bears the portrait of Captain Charles Sturt, explorer of New South Wales, and his portrait
is slightly overlapping a map of this part of the continent. The reverse
was designed by Vladimir Gottwald and has the
NEW SOUTH WALES above the map and the name Charles Sturt as well as 5 DOLLARS written underneath. The obverse features
the traditional effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Raphael Maklouf and the
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1994. The packaging, in which this first half of the set was presented was a simple black box
with the text 1994 MASTERPIECES IN SILVER written in block silver letters at the top centre and a logo representing 'The
Explorers'. A certificate of authenticity was included within the box which describes the coins and their designers.
Captain Charles Napier Sturt was a British native born in 1795 and would become one of the most famous and important explorers
of inland Australia. Just like so many of the explorers of the time Sturt focused much of his energies on searching for and
determining whether or not there was at all an inland sea. It is through his expeditions tracing the westward flowing rivers
that led to the establishment that they all flow into the Murray River. Up until that point it has been a mystery to the
settlers just where the rivers ended up. He was still hoping to discover an inland sea but at the very least wanted to become
the first man to set foot in the centre of the country. Illness meant that he was unable to succeed, and the achievement
ended up going to Sturt's protege, younger fellow explorer John McDouall Stuart.
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