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The Last ANZACs

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It is more than 80 years since the ANZACs fought for our heritage - sadly there are only three original ANZACs still living.

We will never forget them.

The Royal Australian Mint will help us remember with the release of a special commemorative $1 Fine Silver Proof Coin - titled THE LAST ANZACS.

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The Millennium Series: The Past | The first 'millennium coin' struck by the Royal Australian Mint

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A special coin series, not for general circulation, has been released by the Royal Australian Mint. The Millennium Coin Series comprises three $10 bimetallic coins titled The Past, The Present and The Future, which will be released progressively in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Each coin will reflect its theme from a uniquely Australian perspective.

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Coins for Year 2000

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The Royal Australian Mint has released collector coins dated with the year ‘2000’; one of these is a commemorative fifty-cent coin bearing the Australian flag and the words ‘Millennium Year’, likely to be released into general circulation later in 2000. The transition of millennia has influenced the themes surrounding the 2000 products.

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In the limelight: Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme

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October 1999 will witness 50 years since the first bomb-blast signifying the beginning of the construction of Australia’s engineering wonder: the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme.

The Royal Australian Mint has produced a set of two commemorative coins titled Coins of the Snowy Mountains Scheme to acknowledge the 50th anniversary.

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New effigy of Her Majesty the Queen

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For only the fourth time since the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the obverse of legal tender Australian coins displays a new effigy of Her Majesty.

The Royal Australian Mint began featuring the new portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley on selected collector coins during 1998, and later this year will see the first-time release of the new effigy on general circulation coins.

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