The infamous Mutiny on HMS Bounty was, unknown to the mutineers or Captain William Bligh, a key event in Australia’s colonial history. This 2019 $5 silver proof coin commemorates the dramatic mutiny of 1789, which has inspired books and feature films, and contributes to Australia’s popular culture of anti-establishment defiance.
On 27 April 1789, tensions aboard HMS Bounty boiled over. As the ship left Tahiti for Britain – with its sailors reluctant to leave the lush island – Captain William Bligh’s infamous ill temper started to provoke his crew to rebellion.
On 28 April, the Bounty’s crew mutinied. Bligh and eighteen sailors were forced into an overloaded launch and set adrift on the ocean. Remarkably, most survived to return to Britain and be hailed as heroes.
In the meantime a small group of the mutineers, led by Fletcher Christian made their way to settle Pitcairn Island. Many years later the colony that they founded moved to Norfolk Island, where their descendants still live today, proud of their unique culture and language.
Captain Bligh was eventually appointed Governor of New South Wales – where his explosive temper once again incited rebellion.
• One ounce of silver in a highest quality proof finish
• Reverse design reflects the drama of the Mutiny on the Bounty
• Obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley
• Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
• Packaged in a case with outer box
• Australian legal tender
Metal: Fine Silver