Queensland is the state of Australia which occupies the north-eastern section of the mainland continent. It is bordered by the Northern Territory to the west, South Australia to the southwest and New South Wales to the south. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. The state is Australia's second largest in area, following Western Australia, and the country's third most populous after New South Wales and Victoria.
Queensland was made a British Crown Colony that was separated from New South Wales on 6 June 1859, a date now celebrated annually as Queensland Day. The area that currently forms Brisbane was originally the Moreton Bay penal colony, intended as a place for recidivist convicts who had offended while serving out their sentences in New South Wales. The state later encouraged free settlement, and today Queensland's economy is dominated by the agricultural, tourist and natural resource sectors.
The capital and largest city is Brisbane, located in the southeast of the state. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city and Australia's third largest, after Sydney and Melbourne. with a population of nearly two million.
The coin is part of a delightful series celebrating Australia’s eight mainland States and Territories. These eight colorful dollars comprise the Celebrate Australia Program. Each coin commemorates one of the eight Australian states and territories. The artistic and skillfully rendered design of each coin encompasses three distinct elements unique to each state or territory:
- An iconic animal of that state or territory;
- The official floral emblem;
- A significant landmark or monument
Celebrate Australia Capital Territory $1 packageThe eight different states and territories represented include:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia