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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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