25th Anniversary Commemoratives
The Perth Mint struck and
launched a silver proof commemorative coin
celebrating the 25th anniversary of Australia
II, which became the first challenger ever to
win the Americaís Cup on 26 September 1983.
The Australian legal tender coin is made of
99.9% pure silver, contains one full ounce, and
has a very limited mintage ceiling of 5,000.
The very attractive coin comes with a unique
piece of history ó a fragment of sailcloth taken
from Australia IIís genoa, and worn as she
crossed the finish line at the end of the
decisive seventh race.
Speaking in front of Australia II at the Western
Australian Maritime Museum, John Longley AM
said, "Although the victory was won 25 years
ago, it still seems like yesterday to me and the
crew. So, for The Perth Mint to honour our
efforts with the release of this magnificent
coin, so long after the event, it is quite
The coinís reverse depicts the 12-metre yacht
with a coloured representation of her spinnaker
bearing the famous identification number KA-6.
Americaís Cup Victory 1983-2008,
AUSTRALIA II, 25, and
The "P" mintmark, denoting the Perth Mint
Australia IIís Sailcloth
Taken directly from the Perth Mint site, the
included sailcloth is described by the following
The coin is accompanied by an exclusive memento
of the 1983 Americaís Cup - a piece of sailcloth
taken from the clew of Australia IIís 4-1 genoa.
The sail was used throughout the series,
including the final beat to windward of Race 7
when she held off US yacht Liberty in a 49 tack
duel. It was the head sail worn by Australia II
as she crossed the finishing line on 26
The sail is made from a bonded material with
woven Kevlar cloth bonded to a Mylar film. The
number 4-1 signifies that it is the fourth code
1 sail made for the 1983 campaign. Code 1 sails
are the lightest sails, used in conditions from
1 knot to a maximum of 10 knots of true wind
The sail had been in the possession of Australia
II crewman John Longley since being retrieved
from a fire that destroyed most of the sails
from Australia II and Australia III in 1986.
Price and order information
The 5000 limited mintage commemorative silver
coin is priced at:
More information regarding the coin may be found
on the Perth Mint product page:
25th Anniversary of Australia II Americaís Cup
About the Perth Mint
The Perth Mint, wholly-owned by the State
Government of Western Australia, is the official
issuer of the Australian Federal Governmentís
Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program. The Mint
opened in 1899 in response to the discovery of
rich gold deposits in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.
It was Australiaís third branch of Britainís
Royal Mint - the others being the Sydney Mint
and the Melbourne Mint (both closed).
The Perth Mint remained under Britainís
jurisdiction until 1 July 1970, when ownership
transferred to the State Government of Western
In 2003, The Perth Mint officially opened an
8,400 square metre state-of-the-art
manufacturing facility next door to its original
limestone building. Dominating the Mintís
heritage precinct, these two important buildings
are powerful symbols of more than 100 years of
minting excellence in Western Australia.