Australian outlaw Ned Kelly subject of first coin issue for reborn Melbourne Mint

Small silver coin struck by private firm in Australia has 5,000 mintage
By , Coin World
Published : 03/02/15
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A famed outlaw from Australia, Edward “Ned” Kelly, is the new face of the first coin from the modern Melbourne Mint.

Though the Melbourne Mint hasn’t operated as a branch of the Royal Mint since 1968, the name has been revived on a new, private company in Australia, and the business is issuing coins. The first is issued in the name of Tuvalu.

However, while Melbourne Mint offices operate from the original Mint building, which has stood for 143 years, the coins are actually struck by the Perth Mint.

The subject of the company’s first coin, Ned Kelly, is thought to be either a victim of police harassment or, conversely, a brutal, cold-blooded murderer. The story of Kelly and his capture following a gunfight in Glenrowan is a part of Australia’s folklore. 

The Proof .999 fine silver 10-cent coin from Tuvalu contains one-tenth ounce of silver. 

The reverse of the coin shows Kelly’s famous bulletproof helmet and pays tribute to the Old Melbourne Gaol where Kelly met his ultimate demise in 1880. 

The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. 

The coin measures 20 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces. Each coin is presented in a detailed, numbered presentation card.

The Melbourne Mint’s Ned Kelly commemorative issue is due for release worldwide on March 2 at a recommended retail price of $24.95 Australian (about $19.46 U.S.).

To learn more, visit the Melbourne Mint website.

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