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Change from pence to cents celebrated at Mint Open Day

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Open day 2016 50c round gold plated coin

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of decimal currency and the pivotal role that the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) played in the changeover, a rare Open Day is to be held at the Mint in Deakin on Saturday 13 February 2016.

The Mint’s reputable coin designers will display their talents to the public for the first time in a never-before-seen pop-up coin design studio only visible from the factory walkthrough, an opportunity rarely available to the public where they can walk amongst the machinery that produce all of Australia’s circulating coins.

Governor-General revisits 50 years of decimal currency at launch of new book

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His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (retd), the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, today reflected upon 50 years of decimal currency at the launch of the new book by award-winning author Mr Peter Rees, Inside the Vault: The history and art of Australian coinage.

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Governor-General revisits 50 years of decimal currency at launch of new book

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His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (retd), the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, today reflected upon 50 years of decimal currency at the launch of the new book by award-winning author Mr Peter Rees, Inside the Vault: The history and art of Australian coinage.

Mint makes decimal currency history with the flip of a coin

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The 14th of February marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the decimal currency - the move from pounds, shilling and pence to dollars and cents.

The Assistant Minister to the Treasurer the Hon Alex Hawke MP has announced that history will be made this year by the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) with a special release of the entire suite of Australia’s circulating coins to feature commemorative designs recognising the 50th anniversary of decimal currency.

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