In 1711 the Dutch East India Company dispatched the trading ship Zuytdorp to Batavia (now Jakarta), the capital of the
Dutch East Indies. The ship was lost on its journey and its fate was unknown until the wreck was discovered off the West
Coast of Australia. Among the wreckage was found a horde of silver coins marked with the date 1711.
(Western Australian Museum, 2006)
The Royal Australian
The piece was released as part of the subscription dollar series which ran yearly between 1996 and 2011 with the exception
of 2001. The subscription series was distinct from others as each issue was made to order. This meant that the total mintage
was limited to the number of orders that had been made in advance of mintage. The series commemorated Australian numismatic
history with a number of significant designs being re-
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