The Royal Australian Mint and the Australian Cricket Board are teaming up to bring the Centenary of Federation to Australia's attention through sport.
A limited number of the Royal Australian Mint's 2001 Six Coin Sets commemorating the Centenary of Federation have had their packaging especially overprinted with a dedication to the Ansett Australia Centenary of Federation Test to be played in Sydney, and will be presented to the members of the Australian and West Indies teams.
The sets will be officially handed over to the Australian Team Captain on 1 January 2001 after the announcement of the Australian Team for the match.
The Australian Cricket Board has also announced that one of the coins in the set, the $1 Centenary of Federation logo coin, will be used in the toss to commence the match. "It is very appropriate for the Ansett Australia Centenary of Federation match to begin with a coin especially dedicated to the occasion. Considering Australians' great love of sport, this is a fantastic way of creating awareness of such an important year in our history," said Denis Rogers, ACB Chairman.
This effort is part of a wider campaign by the Royal Australian Mint and the ACB to involve Australians in the Centenary of Federation celebrations. The 'uncirculated' versions of the 2001 Six Coin Sets were given to the PM's XI and West Indies teams, with John Howard and The Hon Joe Hockey MP (Minister for Financial Services & Regulation) officially presenting the coin sets to players.
The 'proof' and 'uncirculated' 2001 Six Coin Sets include the $1 Centenary of Federation logo coin and the 50c Commonwealth Coat of Arms coin (both coloured in the 'proof' version), as well as the remaining denominations bearing their standard circulating designs.
The 2001 Six Coin Sets are available from the Royal Australian Mint, coin dealers and selected Australia Post outlets.