This beautiful new coin celebrates the 200th anniversary of Captain Matthew Flinders, the English navigator and cartographer who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and to identify it as a continent. This special coin shows HMS Investigator and a map of Australia surrounded by iconic images that represent the country.
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The Isle of Man Treasury is delighted to announce the release of a beautiful new coin which celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Matthew Flinders.
Captain Matthew Flinders was a distinguished English navigator and cartographer who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and to identify it as a continent. He was also the first to have his Atlas of maps of Australia published. Born in March 1774, Flinders made three voyages to the southern ocean. During the second voyage it was confirmed that Van Diemen's Land, which is now Tasmania, was an island. After this voyage his work had come to the attention of Sir Joseph Banks and as a result, in January 1801, Flinders was given command of the Investigator and promoted to Commander the following month.
Aboard the Investigator, Flinders started his exploration of the Australian coastline and proceeded around the coastline drawing up his maps as he went. After his return to England, Flinder's map of Terra Australia was first published in January 1814. Revered in Australia and acknowledged as one of the greatest navigators in history, he died 200 years ago in 1814 aged 40, the day after the book and atlas was published.
This special 200th Anniversary coin shows the HMS Investigator and a map of Australia surrounded by iconic images that represent Australia. The obverse of the coin carries an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
Available in Cupro Nickel with free worldwide delivery.