New Australian Coin Designs in the Pipeline

August 12, 2011

The Department of Treasury have given collectors a sneak peak into the upcoming releases from the Royal Australian Mint. A plethora of new releases are potentially on the cards and collectors will be happy with this newest listing of issues to come. A warning though to collectors, these coin designs have been approved but it is yet to be seen if their release will eventuate.

For one dollar collectors we'll see the next instalment in the Inspiration Australians Series, a 2012 dated aluminium bronze coin designed by Wojciech Pietranik. Celebrating scientific research in the antarctic a depiction of Sir Douglas Mawson will feature on this new coin.

A 2012 one dollar is to depict Dot and the Kangaroo by famous children's author Ethel C Pedley. I'll make an assumption here and guess that this is for the new design for the baby year sets issued by the RAM as it is known that 2011 is the last year for the Blinky Bill series.

2012 will be "The Year of the Farmer" with a number of releases carrying this theme. A Year of the Farmer $1, another $1 and a 20c featuring fields of gold Australian Wheat. The mintmark coin for 2012 is also set to pay tribute to George Kruger Gray's wheat sheaf design last seen on the Australian pre-decimal threepence.

Continuing with the very popular coloured one dollar series we'll see a number of new pad-printed coins. An elephant, gorilla, corroboree frog, tiger, orangutan, and tree kangaroo are the next 6 designs for release in 2012.

Anyone for golf? In November 2011 the Royal Melbourne Golf Club will host The President's Cup team golf competition. We'll see a number of releases from an aluminium bronze $1 to a selectively gold plated release and a $25 gold proof design celebrating this charitable event to be held in Australia for the first time since 1988.

2012 is the DIamond Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II, 60 years since HM's coronation. An acacia plant and crown design by Michael Meszaros will feature on silver and gold proof 50c coins and a differing design of fireworks will be depicted on a cupro-nickel and fine silver proof 50c.

2012 will be the Year of the Dragon with a number of releases with this theme.

Posted by harrisk at August 12, 2011 7:06 PM
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