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  • Stunning limited complete commemorative and heritage set

  • Celebrating our first ever reigning monarch visit

  • Includes the unique 1954 florin from 1954, the year of the tour.

  • Also includes stamps from 1954​

1954 Royal Wattle Tour Set

El Cazador Shipwreck Coin
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Queen Elizabeth was the first reigning monarch to visit us.

A previously intended tour was curtailed by the death of her father King George VI. Between her grief and the intricacies of enthronement, two years would pass before she and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, would reach Australia, landing at Farm Cove, Sydney, on 3 February 1954.

The royal couple spent two months in Australia, visiting all state capitals except Darwin, travelling some 10,000 miles by air and 2,000 by road at the rate of about a town or city a day. The tour was the biggest event in Australia to date:  three quarters of the population turning out to cheer her. It was a punishing schedule by any stretch, but Her Majesty went all out to connect with as many of her enthusiastically loyal fans as possible. Some 200,000 turned out in Sydney alone.

They were happy days indeed, the era of post-war prosperity and optimism, exemplified by the FJ Holden, Bushell's Tea and The Australian Women's Weekly. For the Queen it was an occasion of unparalleled affection and devotion from Australians, a time when the specter of republicanism was unheard of.

This unique commemorative set comprises a newly struck coin bearing the image from the commemorative 1954 7-halfpenny stamp, plus the stamp itself, accompanied by the three-halfpenny and two shilling one and a circulated 1954 florin, noteworthy for its rare lion-and-kangaroo reverse symbolising Australia's ties with Britain. 

The set is strictly limited to just 199, and is very close to being a complete sell out.


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