Holey Dollar 1988
Mint: Perth Mint
Before going into production for the 1988 commemorative holey dollar and Dump set, the Perth Mint prepared a mock-up of the proposed dollar to test the market in Eastern Australia. This coin was taken to all major dealers in modern issues from Brisbane to Melbourne before being shown to John Sharples at Museum Victoria, it got no further. The reverse snake design is based on an Arnhem Land Aboriginal Dreamtime story of the Wawalag (or Wagilag) sisters. These sisters eventually were to feature as the reverse of the dump.
A commemorative silver Holey Dollar (38 mm diameter) featuring the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Dreamtime story of the Wawalag (or Wagilag) sisters from which the reverse depictions of the snake is drawn. The obverse features above the central hole a small portrait of the Queen, around the hole, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA ONE DOLLAR.
Holey Dollar: Above central hole a small portrait of the Queen, around the hole, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA ONE DOLLAR
Around central hold, a snake. Around, ONE OUNCE THE HOLEY DOLLAR 999 SILVER . 1988 .
Donation from Perth (Mint), 30 Nov 1988
Obverse: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA ONE DOLLAR Reverse: THE HOLEY DOLLAR ONE OUNCE 999 SILVER 1988
Type of item
38 mm (Outside Diameter), 31.6 g (Weight)