On 22 February 1965, the Royal Australian Mint was opened by His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. This heralded the start of a new era: the first wholly Australian-operated mint, established to manufacture the coins that would become such a strong part of Australia’s identity after the changeover to decimal currency.
Since that day, over 14 billion circulating coins have been produced at the Mint, becoming iconic works of art which have traversed the entire country.
From Stuart Devlin’s acclaimed fauna designs and Horst Hahne’s dignified image of an Indigenous elder, to the commemorative coins honouring siginificant events and dates, these pieces have reflected the story of a proud and thriving nation.
In this year of celebrating the Mint’s 50th anniversary, this set featuring a gold plated 50 cent coin which will become treasured by all who appreciate the significance of this anniversary.
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