Australian Mint Gnomes at Floriade
By Royal Australian Mint
The Royal Australian
Mint will feature in the 2008 Floriade corporate
gnome competition with an entry called
‘Priscilla, Coin of the Desert’.
In the spirit of the theme Floriade 21 Films
that Shaped our Nation, the Mint has entered 3
gnome characters from the Australian box office
hit of 1994 Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
The Mint joins with other top attractions to
offer Floriade 21 themed experiences throughout
the 30 day festival on the Floriade Trail.
Visitors to the Mint shop in Deakin will be able
to test their knowledge of Australian films and
coins. The special exhibition will run for the
duration of the festival and if visitors
correctly match movie titles with coin themes
they will receive a 10% discount off their
"The Mint has been a proud supporter of Floriade
for twenty one years." says Janine Murphy, Chief
Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint.
"We encourage tourists visiting Floriade to
explore Canberra and visit the Royal Australian
Mint where they can see our special exhibition
and as always mint their very own $1 coin." said
Along with the special Floriade 21 exhibition,
visitors to the Mint will be able to experience:
Treasures of the National Coin Collection: An
exciting exhibition which features highlights
from the Mint’s National Coin Collection
including decimal and pre-decimal coins.
Mint theatrette presentation: a short film
presentation about the history of the Mint, how
coins are made and information about the current
Make your own money: Make your very own $1 coin
on the public coining press. Each coin has a
special ‘C’ for Canberra mintmark.
Coin Shop: find a unique gift, and take
advantage of special Floriade discounts.
The Royal Australian Mint is open 9am- 4pm
Monday to Friday, and 10am- 4pm Saturday, Sunday
and Public Holidays. Please visit
www.ramint.gov.au for further information or to
make a group booking. Free entry, free parking,
free barbeque facilities, but sorry- no free
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