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Royal Australian Mint launches the Great Aussie Coin Hunt

Categories : Cash contributes to education, Cash is the most widely used product
October 24, 2019
Published in : Australia, Chidren, Coins, Education
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Australian Dollar, the Royal Australian Mint and Australia Post have launched a coin hunt, inviting children to collect 26 limited edition coins. The coins feature quintessentially Australian icons including didgeridoos, lamingtons and quokkas.
Guillaume Lepecq

The event kicked off on 30 September and millions of coins are being exclusively distributed at all of the 3,600 Post Offices. Collectors are required to make a purchase and receive the coins in their change.

A dedicated website has been set up and a number of local events will be organised throughout the duration of the campaign, encouraging children and coin enthusiasts to collect the 26 designs. “It’s a great way for grandparents to connect with grandchildren, and for all of us to share our own experiences and memories with each other — both here and with friends and family overseas.” said Nicole Sheffield from Australia Post. For the Post, the initiative aims to increase foot-traffic.

The distinctive sound of the didgeridoo are immediately associated with Australia.


The  Quokka is a small Marsupial from Western Australia

The coins, on staggered release throughout the month, are a fun and nostalgic celebration of Australian life – with one coin for every letter of the alphabet, featuring classic Australian icons. D for didgeridoo; L for Lamington and Q for Quokka.

A lamington is a  sponge cake dipped in chocolate and coconut.

For the Mint, this is the largest minting and release operation since the $1 was first launched in 1984. “We are trying to get the Australian people to re-imagine the value of coins, and coin collecting.” said Colin Dedourek acting Chief Executive of the Mint.