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1988 Five Dollar Proof Coin Parliament House

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1988 Five Dollar Proof Coin Parliament House

Australia's first five dollar proof coin.

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Opening of the new Parliament House commemorative.

Obverse: Maklouf portrait of Elizabeth II to right;

Reverse: New Parliament House

Australia's first five dollar proof coin.

The general public was taken completely by surprise when the RAM issued a $5 coin in 1988 to commemorate the opening of the new Commonwealth Parliament House in Canberra.

This was easily the largest decimal coin produced in Australia until that time, and many non-collectors decided to set them aside "for the kids."

Nowhere near as many people have these same coins in proof condition though, and you only need to see how stunning the designs stand out on the photos above to see why they're popular and command a significant premium above the normal coins struck for circulation.

This coin is in perfect condition, as is the packaging.