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2018 $1 Mintmark & Privy Mark Rascals & Ratbags

2018 $1 Fine Silver Proof Coin - Rascals & Ratbags, Australia's Convict Era

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Regular Price: $60.00

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Quick Overview

Almost 20 percent of Australia’s current population is descended
from convicts, who were transported between 1788 and 1868.
The Royal Australian Mint acknowledges the contribution of the
convicts to Australia’s history, heritage and folklore, with the
2018 Mintmark Suite of uncirculated and proof coins that will
appeal to collectors, proud descendants and history buffs alike.


n 2018 we mark the 230th anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival and the 150th anniversary of the voyage of the Hougoumont, which bore the last of the convicts transported to Australia. Between 1788 and 1868, 162 000 convicts arrived in Australia. Some were hardened criminals, whilst others were victims of poverty and desperation, or political rebels. From a hard life of labour, symbolised by the Broad Arrow and the chain which is featured in the coin design, many convicts went on to gain their freedom and make new lives in Australia. Some went on to build extraordinary lives of fame, fortune or infamy, and the packaging of these coins features individual characters who made their mark on our historical past. The actions of the convicts, and their interactions with Indigenous Australians, helped create the history of Australia.

In times past, the descendants of convicts were reluctant to acknowledge their ancestors but since the Bicentenary celebrations of 1988, which brought renewed interest in Australia’s convict history, having a convict ancestor is now seen as a badge of honour.


  • Commemorates the 80 years of Australia’s convict era, 230th anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival and 150th anniversary of the voyage of the Hougoumont
  • Coin’s reverse features a stylistic illustration of Australia in the shape of a tree, with the chain and Broad Arrow at the roots
  • Silver and gold proof coins include a ‘C’ mintmark
  • The Coin's obverse features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley
  •  Australian legal tender
  • Complete in an attractive display case with an outer illustrated cardboard shipper and a numbered certificate of authenticity
Denomination $1
Metal 99.9% Silver
Mass 11.66 grams
Diameter 25 mm
Finish Proof
Mintage 5000
Designer T Dean