In the early 19th century, the discovery of gold led to the gradual clearing of much of regional Australia for farming.
The sheer enormity of these new rural properties, and the need to transport livestock long distances required a man on horseback, and so the stockman became an integral part of farming and station life.
Lured by the mesmerising yet harsh Australian outback, these early stockmen were instrumental in opening up the untamed wilderness of inland Australia as they drove their livestock through the untouched bush and scrublands. The Australian stockman was a courageous and highly skilled rider, at one with his horse.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,000 of The Land Down Under – Australian Stockman 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin.
The reverse of the gold coin depicts an Australian stockman cracking his whip while galloping on his horse. The inscriptions THE LAND DOWN UNDER and AUSTRALIAN STOCKMAN also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the weight and fineness of the coin.
The obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2014 year-date.
Each coin is housed in a unique Australian map-shaped latex case with a stylised shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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