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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
Tags : 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

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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.


This post is also available in: Spanish