The minting process begins with an initial design brief. The Royal Australian Mint’s product developers collaborate with the coin designers and engineers to create an image that will translate well onto a coin.
Once the design is approved, a three-dimensional model is sculpted using the most appropriate method, either traditional plaster modelling with tools, or 3D modelling software. The coin designer can spend many hours working on the model, refining the finest details to ensure the design can be manufactured to the highest quality.
Once finalized, the model is sent for cutting of a master tool and the manufacturing process begins.