Bindi immortalised on coin
Thursday 15th November 2012
The Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) and EMK Coins and Precious Metals (EMK), one of the world’s leading distributors of numismatic products, have partnered to capture the Saltwater Crocodile in coin form in a new coin series that will feature Australia Zoo’s saltwater crocodiles.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, The Hon Bernie Ripoll MP, commented on how a series such as this will help carry on Steve Irwin's legacy.
"Crocodiles are an important part of our ecosystem and Australia Zoo plays a very important role in helping us better understand them," said Mr Ripoll.
"This stunning coin series produced by the Royal Australian Mint will help reach a global audience, with the assistance of EMK, and further educate them about wildlife conservation."
"It's great that the first crocodile captured is Bindi, Steve Irwin's favourite."
Terri Irwin said it was special to have a coin featuring Steve's favourite crocodile launched on Steve Irwin Day.
"Today is a day to celebrate what Steve was so passionate about, especially wildlife and wilderness conservation. Steve also loved Bindi the crocodile so much that he named our daughter after her," said Terri.
"We're grateful for the generous donations from The Royal Australian Mint and EMK to help us continue Steve's legacy."
EMK will attend the launch today and present the Irwin Family with an adoption donation for Bindi, the crocodile.
"We are proud to partner with the Royal Australian Mint and Australia Zoo and spread the word globally of what Australia Zoo does and how important it is to support the protection of animals like Bindi," said Mr Michael Kuffner, EMK representative.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 as a way to include members of the public in helping to protect injured or threatened wildlife. Since then, it has helped rescue and protect countless animals, through the tireless work of Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin.
Those wishing to purchase the 2013 Bindi Australian Saltwater Crocodiles $1 Silver Frosted Uncirculated Coin, retailing for $80.00, can do so by contacting the Royal Australian Mint Call Centre on 1300 652 020 or visiting www.ramint.gov.au
For further information and images of the commemorative coin please visit the Mint's website www.ramint.gov.au/media/press-releases, Facebook page or Twitter feed.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Ripoll Office: Chris Ramsay 0478 472 101
Royal Australian Mint: Michelle Nakamura, 0418 164 769
2013 $2 Bindi Australian Saltwater Crocodiles Silver FRUNC Coin Reverse
2013 $2 Bindi Australian Saltwater Crocodiles Silver FRUNC Obverse
2013 $2 Bindi Australian Saltwater Crocodiles Silver FRUNC Packaging