Media Release: Perth Mint Applaudes Australia's Olympic Team

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Wednesday 11 July 2012

With the countdown to the 2012 London Olympics well under way, The Perth Mint is proud to showcase its exclusive limited edition Australian Olympic Team coin program.

Officially approved by the Australian Olympic Committee, the impressive collection of coins is designed to honour the nation’s athletes as they prepare to represent Australia at the forthcoming Games.

Struck by The Perth Mint from 99.99% pure gold, 99.9% pure silver and aluminium bronze, each release displays a unique Olympic-themed design, which when combined, captures the exuberance and exhilaration of the world’s biggest sporting event.

Australia has a proud history of fielding elite sportsmen and women who work tirelessly to reach the pinnacle of their sport in Olympic competition. “We believe that each coin in our Australian Olympic Team program is a fitting tribute to our athletes, and accurately reflects the sheer effort and determination which goes into their quest for Olympic glory,” said Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie.

Collectors, Olympians and Olympic enthusiasts can select their memento of the London Games from The Perth Mint’s suite of 2012-dated commemoratives:

Australian Olympic Team Three-Coin Set priced at $1,455. The gold coin features a victorious Olympian, while the silver coin portrays an Olympic hurdler. Collectors can also enjoy the aluminium bronze coin which depicts the Australian Olympic Team’s mascot, the Boxing Kangaroo.

Australian Olympic Team 10g Gold Proof Coin priced at $1,350. This gold coin showcases a triumphant athlete proudly holding the Australian flag aloft.

Australian Olympic Team 1oz Silver Coin priced at $119. The coin portrays an Olympic hurdler set against a superb coloured backdrop of Sydney’s renowned Harbour Bridge and London’s famous Big Ben.

Australian Olympic Team 1/2oz Silver Stamp Shaped Coin and Australia Post 60c Stamp Set priced at $99.90. The remarkable release features the iconic sights of London, and celebrates the Australian Olympic Team’s vision, dedication, and hours of training.

Australian Olympic Team $1 Five-Coin Set priced at $69. Struck from aluminium bronze, each coin in this stunning set displays Australia’s athletes in action.

Australian Olympic Team Mascot Boxing Kangaroo Stamp and Coin Cover priced at $15.95. A fitting tribute, the coin’s reverse features the boxing kangaroo while the stamp design depicts popular London landmarks.

Issued as Australian legal tender, the obverse of each coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.

Available in Australia only, the entire 2012 Australian Olympic Team coin program can be purchased from The Perth Mint at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, on toll free 1800 098 817, online at www.perthmint.com.au, from Australia Post outlets and leading coin dealers.


Australian Sprint Kayaking Duo, Jesse Phillips and Steve Bird, posing with Perth Mint Australian Olympic Team Three-Coin Set.


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For further information:

Makeila Ellis, Media Officer, The Perth Mint
Telephone (08) 9421 7204 or Email makeila.ellis@perthmint.com.au