At a time when cash is used less than ever and hobbies such as coin collecting have fallen by the wayside, one Australian institution plans to bring it all back into vogue with one well-orchestrated treasure hunt.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Australian $1 coin, on the first of November, 2018 the Royal Australian Mint launched the nation’s first ever coin hunt, a golden ticket-style scavenger hunt that aims to reinvigorate the once-fusty hobby of coin collecting.
Dubbed the ‘Australia’s Dollar Discovery’, the initiative aims to encourage more families and children to collect coins, with three million $1 coins marked with the letters A, U and S hidden beneath the kangaroo being released into circulation, providing an opportunity for people to begin their own collections.
Families who collect one of each coin can enter a competition for their chance to win one of eight trips to Canberra where they will stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium and get the rare opportunity to mint their very own one kilogram pure silver coin.
Simply collect the $1 coins specially marked with the number ‘35’ and either the letter A, U or S for your chance to win. There are over 1 million of each letter in circulation, so get hunting, and register on the Australian Dollar Discovery website.
Winners will be announced on the 35th anniversary of the $1 coin, 14 May 2019.
“The need to collect is as old as humanity and transcends time and culture. Australia’s Dollar Discovery is a nationwide treasure hunt that we hope encourages Australians of all ages and from every state and territory to check their change for these special coins,” says Ross MacDiarmid, CEO of the Royal Australian Mint.
Check out the three $1 coins below.
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