Crocodile Hunter to Unveil Discover Australia Coins 24 January
News source: The Australian Numismatic Post, January 2006
The Perth Mint is delighted to announce that Steve Irwin – the Crocodile Hunter – has agreed to officiate at the launch of Discover Australia, its superb new collector coin program.
Now just days away, the launch takes place on 24 January in Brisbane at Rooftop Terrace, Rydges South Bank Hotel. The Mint is also pleased to announce that as Master of Ceremonies, Catriona Rowntree will be hosting the event.
Ed Harbuz, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Corporation, the operator of The Perth Mint, said the two popular identities were the perfect pair to launch the coin program. “We are extremely pleased to have these colourful, exciting and unmistakably Australian personalities with us for this important day in Australian numismatics,” he said.
Anticipation surrounding Discover Australia has been building for several months, ever since the Mint revealed that it was developing a replacement collector program for the highly successful and internationally admired Proof Nugget, Kookaburra and Koala coin series.
Hours of research and many discussions with collectors and dealers lie behind the Discover Australia concept, which portrays iconic Australia landmarks, flora and fauna on pure silver, platinum and gold proof coins. Each release, subject to an extremely limited mintage, features a stunning reverse design, ensuring it will be recognised as a masterpiece in its own right.
Pre-released interest in Discover Australia intensified in December when the launch of a new website – www.discoveraustralia.org.au – provided more details about the three-year program. At the same time, the Mint advised its collectors of the exclusive benefits of becoming a Foundation Subscriber for one or more of the spectacular annual or three-year Five-Coin Sets.
Those subscribing prior to 28 February 2006 qualify for free delivery of their coins (within Australia) and will automatically receive Certificates of Authenticity all bearing the same number. Additionally, they will only have to pay the original issue price for each coin – a massive attraction for many as precious metal prices appear set to rise further.
Certain to become Australia’s most collectable coin program, Discover Australia has already inspired many collectors with its designs depicting important symbols of the nation. “Like the Mint’s famous guests at the forthcoming launch, the coins constantly remind us of Australia’s stunning environment, unique natural world, and our enviable way of life,” Ed Harbuz said.