Commemorative coins released to celebrate 50 years of the Sydney Opera House
The Royal Australian Mint has released a collection of five commemorative coins to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most famous building and architectural masterpiece.
The commemorative collection has been designed to provide Australians with a special memento of the SydneyOpera House’s milestone year, with each coin featuring a detailed illustration of the masterpiece’s iconic sails alongside the number 50.
Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, Andrew Leigh said the Sydney Opera House was one of the most distinctive buildings in the world.
“It is fitting this iconic building is recognised as a symbol of Australia.
“Jorn Utzon once said that if the 14 shells of his building were combined, they would make a perfect sphere. So it’s perfectly fitting that they grace a new Australian coin,” Mr Leigh said.
Sydney Opera House Chief Customer Officer Jade McKellar said it was exciting to be part of such a stunning coin release.
“We’re delighted to launch this limited-edition collection with the Royal Australian Mint to help mark our milestone 50th anniversary in October,” Ms McKellar said.
“The Opera House has played an important role in Australia’s cultural life and identity for five decades, and this special set of collectibles is a unique way for Australians to cherish that connection and sense of pride at such a historic moment in our history.”
Royal Australian Mint CEO, Leigh Gordon, said the Sydney Opera House was a landmark building that had become an icon of Australian culture.
“The Sydney Opera House is recognised worldwide as a masterpiece of modern architecture. We are excited to be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of this national treasure, a symbol of Australia’s cultural heritage.
“I hope that people across Australia will use these coins as a way to celebrate and cherish this remarkable building for years to come,” Mr Gordon said.
Each coin features a detailed representation of the Opera House’s iconic sails. The collection includes anuncirculated 50 cent coin, a selectively gold plated 50 cent silver proof coin, a stunning
$100 gold proof domed coin, a $1 silver investment coin and a $100 gold investment coin.
The 50th Anniversary of the Sydney Opera House coins are Australian legal tender and can be purchased through the Mint’s coin shop and online store from Thursday, 3 August for the collectible coins, with the investments for sale online from Monday, 7 August.
The collectible coins will also be available for purchase from the Opera House gift shop.
Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of history and celebrate the extraordinary 50th anniversary of one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks.
About the Royal Australian Mint
The Mint is an award-winning, world class Mint and a global leader in the mint industry. The Mint produces circulating coins for Australia and other countries; collectible and investment coins for domestic and international customers; and custom-made medals, medallions and tokens for individual or corporate clients.
The Mint is also a national cultural attraction that educates millions of Australians and international visitors on the history of Australia’s decimal currency, and the significance and value of coins.