Australian Mint Introduces New Mintmark
By Kerry Rodgers
many moons the Royal Australian Mint at Canberra
has been undergoing a total makeover, the first
substantial upgrade of its facilities since
1965. These are now all but complete. To mark
the occasion, the mint has adopted a brand new
The mark incorporates a kangaroo bounding
through the letter "C." It was chosen by the
mint's CEO, Janine Murphy, from a selection of
motifs produced by her design staff.
In the first instance the new mark will be used
on the standard 2009-dated circulating Mob-of-Roos
dollar, but it is also scheduled to appear on a
variety of future mint numismatic products.
Specimens of the 2009 dollar bearing the new
mintmark are now available in a blister pack.
For those with a penchant for origami, the
die-cut packaging can be folded into a miniature
But there's more!
Collectors who fronted at the reopening of the
Mint Gallery on July 3-6 found an extra special
treat on tap. They could queue to use the mint's
portable press to counterstamp one example only
of the newly mintmarked dollar using the former
"C" mintmark. The counterstamp is positioned at
the bottom of the reverse design, to the left of
the largest kangaroo's heels. These coins were
only available during the four days of the
gallery celebration. Depending on how many
enthusiastic collectors queued up to strike
their single coin, these counterstamped numbers
could become one of the great rarities of the
modern Australian decimal series.
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