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Mint makes our convict heritage golden

Friday 15 April 2011

With Australian Heritage Week being launched this week it is the perfect time for the Royal Australian Mint to also launch its Convict Past Gold Coin Collection, at the Cascades Female Factory in Tasmania, commemorating the inclusion of Australian convict sites onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten stated that recognising this history on coins was another way of educating the public for years to come.

“The UNESCO listing and release of official Australian coins will continue to preserve Australia’s convict history. Coins are timeless storytellers and their shiny surfaces are the mirrors to our past,” said the Assistant Treasurer.

The Royal Australian Mint have recognised each of the listed sites on collectible coins and commissioned stamps from Australia Post.

“Six of the convict sites have been commemorated onto affordable small gold coins and other sites will be acknowledged on collectible stamps which are also included in the Royal Australian Mint’s heritage collection,” said Mr MacDiarmid.

Renowned coin sculptor Wojciech Pietranik has demonstrated high quality craftsmanship by translating designs of the sites onto 14mm diameter coins.

“These coins exemplify some of the finest work at the Mint. Deciding on a design that will transfer well onto such a small canvas can be quite challenging but Wojciech and the team have done an outstanding job,” said Royal Australian Mint Chief Executive Officer Mr MacDiarmid.

“This set is one of our most prestigious releases of the year as there is only a limited mintage of 3000 and they are gold, which has proven to be very popular in this economic climate, so they might be considered a ‘steal’ – but one that won’t get you transported.”

The Convict Past official compendium is available to purchase now and is sold containing the official stamps and first two coins in the heritage gold collection - Port Arthur and Hyde Park Barracks. The remaining coins in the heritage collection will be automatically released to those astute collectors upon their release dates in May and July 2011.

For images or more information about the Convict Past coin series release before 9am on Friday 15 April 2011 contact Michelle Nakamura, details below, or after that time visit

For media enquiries please contact Michelle Nakamura on 0418164769.

For further details contact:
Michelle Nakamura
0418 164 769

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2011 $5 Gold Proof Convict Past - Port Arthur

2011 $5 Gold Proof Convict Past - Port Arthur


2011 $5 Gold Proof Convict Past - Hyde Park Barracks 2011 $5 Gold Proof Convict Past - Hyde Park Barracks JPG 3.5MB
2011 $5 Gold Proof Convict Past - Fremantle Prison 2011 $5 Gold Proof Convict Past - Fremantle Prison JPG 3.4MB
2011 $5 Gold Proof Convict Past - Cascades Female Factory 2011 $5 Gold Proof Convict Past - Cascades Female Factory JPG 4.3MB