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The Mint and Australia Post release $1 coins to celebrate meat pies, Weet-Bix and all things Aussie

James Hall and Ean Higgins, October 6, 2019 1:15PM AP

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Australia Post and the Royal Aus­tralian Mint have started releasing millions of $1 coins featuring classic Australian themes. Picture: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images media_cameraAustralia Post and the Royal Aus­tralian Mint have started releasing millions of $1 coins featuring classic Australian themes. Picture: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

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The Great Aussie Coin Hunt is on across Australia after the biggest minting* and release of $1 coins since they were first created in 1984.

Australia Post and the Royal Aus­tralian Mint have started releasing millions of $1 coins featuring classic Australian themes such as the meat pie, quokka*, the boomerang and cricket.

There will be a different design for each letter of the alphabet with the first six available now starting with designs for the letters A, F, I, M, S and X.

A will feature Australia Post, F for footy, I for Iced VoVo*, M for meat pie, S for surf life saving and X for the tiny township of Xantippe.

New coins will then be released every Monday until October 21, culminating in Z for the summer ice-cold favourite, the Zooper Dooper*.

New iconic Australian coins collection media_cameraNew iconic Australian coins collection
New iconic Australian coins collection media_cameraNew iconic Australian coins collection
New iconic Australian coins collection media_cameraNew iconic Australian coins collection

But there’s a catch.

The only way to get your hands on the iconic coins will be to make a purchase at an Australia Post store and receive the limited edition $1 coins in the change.

“We want everyone to get involved,” Australia Post consumer and community executive general manager Nicole Sheffield said.

“Not only will it be really exciting to hunt for all the coins and build an amazing collection, but each and every coin opens up the opportunity for wonderful conversations about quintessential* Australian life.”

How coins are made at the Royal Australian Mint

Other coins will show off Australia’s unique culture from our favourite foods, the didgeridoo, football, the kangaroo and the Hills Hoist clothesline, which was invented in Australia.

The Royal Australian Mint’s acting chief executive Colin Dedourek said he hoped the hunt would encourage people to start coin collecting.

“The way people use cash is changing — there is a huge trend towards cashless* transactions*,” Mr Dedourek said. “We are ­trying to get the Australian people to re-imagine the value of coins and coin collecting.”

GLOSSARY

  • minting: making a coin by stamping metal
  • quokka: a small Australian wallaby
  • Iced Vo Vo: a biscuit
  • Zooper Dooper: an icy treat
  • quintessential: typical example of something
  • cashless: without cash
  • transactions: buying and selling

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QUICK QUIZ

  1. How many new $1 coin designs are there?
  2. What is the theme of the F coin?
  3. Which organisations are behind the hunt?
  4. When were the first $1 coins minted?
  5. Why was the Great Aussie Coin Hunt created?

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
1. Design your own
Imagine you were part of the design team for this new release of $1 coins. Create your own design for the last letter in your first name. Remember to stick to the theme of things that are uniquely Aussie. You will need to: sketch the “tails” side of your coin (make it larger than an actual $1 coin to show the detail) and write a paragraph explaining what you chose to include on your coin and why.

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English; Visual Art

2. Extension
What if you got to create an A-Z coin collection based on a different theme? Decide on a theme and then write your A-Z list of things you would feature in the collection.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English

VCOP ACTIVITY
Create coins as a tourism marketing concept and make them about places to visit around Australia. You will need to:

  • choose a place to be on your coin
  • design the coin
  • design a postcard for the place to visit
  • research and make a travel brochure on the chosen place
  • make up clues for others to guess your place.
  • have the class make a map and pin on all the students’ places


HAVE YOUR SAY: Will the Great Aussie Coin Hunt encourage you to collect coins?
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