Australia’s coastline boasts some of the longest, most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the world. This precious marine heritage provides food, industry, extraordinary natural diversity, biological richness and recreation.
Australians are renowned internationally as a nation of beach and sea lovers. Historically, surfing was a central part of ancient Polynesian culture.
Lieutenant James King was the first to document the art of surfing when completing the journal of Captain James Cook’s voyage upon Cook's death, in 1779.
The first surf life-saving reel in the world was demonstrated at Bondi Beach in 1906 by its designer Lester Ormsby and the pastime was further promoted by the Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku’s visit in 1915. He demonstrated this ancient Hawaiian board riding technique at Freshwater (or Harbord) in Sydney, New South Wales.
Surfing reached widespread cultural popularity in the 1960s, developing into a professional sport by the mid-70s. Today, water-loving Australians count amongst the world’s most accomplished swimmers and surfers.
The silver coin’s reverse depicts a male surfer with his surfboard at the beach against a map of Australia. The inscription THE LAND DOWN UNDER and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark are also incorporated in the design. The obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and the monetary denomination.
Each coin is housed in a unique Australian map-shaped latex case with a stylised shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 1oz silver proof coins.
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