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Two new coins to mark the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House have been announced in a joint statement by the Royal Australian Mint, Sydney Opera House and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
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The Opera House is featured on $1 silver proof and $1 uncirculated collectible coins.
Chief Executive of the Royal Australian Mint, Ross MacDiarmid said that by depicting Jorn Utzon’s famous vaulted sails in coin form, the Mint was providing a great reminder of where the structure had come from and its limitless future.
Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House, Louise Herron said it was fantastic that the anniversary of the building, which meant so much to Australians and represented the nation to the world, was being celebrated on a Royal Australian Mint coin.
The coin design depicts the World Heritage-listed building as seen from the harbour and conveys the familiar curved lines that earned the description of “masterpiece of human creative genius”.
The new coin is part of an official collection of coins and medallions, produced under an agreement between UNESCO and Produits Artistiques Metaux Precieux, that celebrates UNESCO’s activities and achievements in education, science, culture and communication, as well as official events, anniversaries, international days, years and decades.
Those wishing to purchase the $1 silver proof and $1 uncirculated coins, retailing for $100 and $13.50 respectively, can do so by visiting https://eshop.ramint.gov.au.
Edition 384, 22 October 2013