Dirk Hartog (1580 – 1621) was a seventeenth century Dutch seaman and explorer. After working as a private merchant in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas, he was employed by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), and was appointed master of a ship called the Eendracht, in a fleet that would voyage from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies.
After setting sail in January 1616, the Eendracht became separated from the fleet in a storm and ended up at the Cape of Good Hope, which would later become Cape Town, South Africa. After leaving the Cape, Hartog sailed across the Indian Ocean bound for Batavia, now known as Jakarta. However, he sailed further east than he meant to and on 25 October 1616 he landed on an island off the coast of Shark Bay, Western Australia. That island is now known as Dirk Hartog Island.
DESIGN: The coin’s reverse depicts the representation of the view through a telescope of Dirk Hartog’s boat, the Eendracht, sailing across the ocean aside a compass rose. The design includes the inscription DIRK HARTOG FIRST LANDING OCTOBER 1616, a map of Australia, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2016 year-date are depicted on the coin’s obverse.
PRESENTATION: Each coin is presented in a prestigious display case, within an illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.