2016 Four $1 Coin Uncirculated Mintmark and Privy Mark Set - Australia's First Mints
The Royal Australian Mintäó»s 2016 mintmark and privy mark set pays tribute to the sovereigns that were minted as a result of Australiaäó»s gold rush. As part of the annual tradition, this fourcoin set allows collectors to purchase the coins adorned with each of the mintmarks and privy marks that will be available throughout the year.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
Throughout the 19th century, Australian currency was an assortment of foreign coins, promissory notes and rum trades. The gold rush of this era became a pivotal event for Australian society, assisting in the development of both a form of currency and a unique identity.
The Adelaide Assay Office was established in 1852, and in its short life produced gold ingots and Australiaäó»s first gold coin, the Adelaide Pound. Official branches of the Royal Mint opened in Sydney (1855), Melbourne (1872) and Perth (1899), producing sovereigns and other pre-decimal coins.
The Royal Australian Mint opened in 1965, superseding other Australian mints to become the sole producer of the countryäó»s decimal coins. For several years, a highlight in visiting the Royal Australian Mint has been the gallery press. Here visitors can strike their own C mintmark coin which celebrates an event or tradition of national significance.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
äó¢ A celebration of Australian societyäó»s growth from the 19th Century gold rush
äó¢ For this special year, the set includes an äóÖSäó», äóÖMäó» and äóÖPäó» privy mark, denoting the locations of the first mints. The äóÖCäó» mintmark completes the collection
äó¢ The coinsäó» reverse emulate a Sydney Mint sovereign design
äó¢ Packaged on a four-coin presentation card
äó¢ Coinsäó» obverses feature the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley
äó¢ Australian legal tender