Australian 50 Cent Coins: 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Series Triathlon 50c

December 5, 2010

Australia 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Sports Collection Series -Triathlon 50c

The Triathlon was one of 16 core sporting categories held at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. The event included a 1,500m swim, 40km ride and 10km race each for the men and women which was held on one day during the Games. Once again Australia took the glory winning both Gold medals on offer.

This commemorative 50c produced by the Royal Australian Mint was one of 16 coins released in a series depicting each core sport of the Games. Released as NCLT or non-circulating legal tender they were not issued for circulation but merely as collector coins. Each were housed in an informative card and issued for $4.95. The card features a sticker of "Karak" the Games mascot indicating it is an official licensed product of the 2006 Games.

The reverse design is by Wojciech Pietranik and depicts a runner, a bicycle and waves indicating the Triathlon events. It also features the Melbourne Commonwealth Games logo. The obverse is the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II depicted on all legal tender coinage since 1999. It is dodecagonal in shape and weighs 15.55g. It is 31.51mm and made from Cupro Nickel (75% copper and 25% nickel).

As well as the 15 other sporting coins in this series, a commemorative 50c, $1, $5 and $10 coins were also issued. The 15 other sporting coins were released in groups throughout 2005 and early 2006 before the Games started. This Triathlon coin was in the third release in November 2005.

15,500 of the complete collection of the sporting coins, the student design 50c and the Queen's Baton Relay $5 were issued in a special folder. 22,302 of these Triathlon coins were released which included those in the complete collection.

Posted by harrisk at December 5, 2010 8:29 AM
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