Royal Australian Mint strikes new AC/DC coins with lightning

The Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Australian rock royalty, today releasing high voltage AC/DC coins.

In the spirit of AC/DC and their hit single ‘Thunderstruck’, the Mint partnered with Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre to strike AC/DC coins with a bolt of man-made lightning. 

The experiment was conducted in the Caged Lightning exhibition at Questacon, which produces lightning using a Tesla coil. Ten AC/DC 50 cent pieces, appropriately featuring the famous high voltage logos and design elements from AC/DC albums, were ‘Thunderstruck’ with lightning.

The ‘Thunderstruck’ coins will be randomly sent to ten customers who order their AC/DC – 45 Years of Thunder Uncirculated Coin through the Mint’s online store or Contact Centre.

To help the ten customers identify their ‘Thunderstruck’ coins, the Mint has added unique frosting to the coin’s AC/DC logo. A letter will also be included with the orders to inform the lucky customers of their find. 

The new coins are officially licensed AC/DC merchandise and are available now from or by phoning the Contact Centre on 1300 652 020.