The Royal Australian Mint’s June 17 unveiling of a new circulating
commemorative $2 coin with a splash of color is a crowning achievement
for the mint Down Under.
The purple-infused coin celebrates the 60th anniversary of Queen
Elizabeth II’s coronation. The coin is the second colorful coin the
RAM has issued for circulation. The first was a $2 coin with a red
poppy released in October 2012.
The new coin design features St. Edward’s crown with the
application of purple color in concentric circles framing the central design.
Two million Coronation $2 coins are being released, quadruple the
amount of the Poppy $2 coin released.
The $2 coin, in both standard and colorful versions, is composed
of a copper-nickel, aluminum and nickel alloy. It weighs 6.6 grams and
measures 20.62 millimeters in diameter.
The Royal Australian Mint is the second world mint to strike
colorful circulation coins, following the Royal Canadian Mint.
Following the RCM’s lead, the RAM is also making examples of the
new coins available to the public at face value (plus postage) for a
limited time, in an effort to boost interest in coins and collecting.
Five-packs of the new Coronation $2 coin are due to become available
on June 21, for $10 Australian, with a purchase limit of one package
A special collector version with the C Mint mark for the Canberra
Mint, which is home to the RAM, is available individually with an
unlimited mintage and in special packaging, with a retail price of
To order from the Royal Australian Mint, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ramint.gov.au.
Downies will carry the special edition version, individually
priced at $12.75 U.S. plus shipping and handling.
To order from Downies, telephone the firm at 877-897-7696, email
it at downiesUSA@downies.com or
visit online at www.downies.com. ■