Twitter to crown
The Royal Australian Mint’s next coin swap will be decided on
Mint's coin swap
Twitter, in what is believed to be an Australian first.
2013 60th anniversary of
Coronation of Her
II $2 coloured
The coin swap will pit citizens of capital cities against one another for their chance to get their hands on Australia’s first purple-striped $2 coin.
The competition has already attracted a large number of votes and the capital city with the most number of votes by midday on 26 August will become the location for the coin swap.
Acting Marketing Director for the Royal Australian Mint, Mark Cartwright said the idea to choose the coin swap location via votes received on Twitter was inspired by the release of the 2013 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II $2 coloured circulating coin.
Mr Cartwright said the coin was revealed through stages on a purpose built website and promoted heavily through social media.
“We wanted Australians to be able to choose which capital city to take our coin swap to, and thought that Twitter would provide the perfect vehicle to obtain this feedback,” he said.
“We are anticipating a healthy level of friendly interstate competition to win the right to host this prestigious one-off event.”
He said to vote successfully, participants must tweet @RoyalAustMint and include the hashtag corresponding to the capital city they wanted the coin swap to be held in – amounting to a variance of @CoinSwap<Capitalcity>.
“The first vote received was for #CoinSwapQueanbeyan however votes that don’t correspond to Australia’s capital cities cannot be counted,” Mr Cartwright said.
“If you’re not located in an Australian capital city you can vote for the city located closest to you, or one that is home to family or friends that can swap for a new coin on your behalf, you can still choose whichever capital city is most convenient to you.”
Edition 375, 20 August 2013