Australia's first coins to reappear in the new year


The bicentenary of Australia’s first coins, the Holey Dollar and Dump, has been recognised on Australia’s first coin of the year in the traditional coin strike on New Year’s Day at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.

The first Holey Dollars and Dumps were struck in 1813 from Spanish eight reale coins, to give the rapidly establishing colony of New South Wales a stable currency that would not be taken overseas by merchants and seafarers.

“The bicentenary of the Holey Dollar and Dump is an important milestone in Australia’s history because not only were they Australia’s first official coins but their introduction also signified the beginning of Australian society as we know it today, which made this anniversary an obvious choice for the theme of our mintmark coin in 2013,” said Royal Australian Mint Chief Executive Officer Mr Ross MacDiarmid.

The collectible coins all bear a ‘C’ for Canberra mark, which shows that they were made on the visitors press at the Mint in Canberra, making these coins a memento to keep forever that will also be sought after by many collectors.

“While New Year’s Day is traditionally a day of celebration, our New Year’s Day coin strike goes one step further for coin collectors who have reported to line up overnight to be a part of the first 100 to strike an Australian coin in the new year,” said Mr MacDiarmid.

“One lucky visitor to the Mint on New Year’s Day had the rare opportunity to strike one of the very first coins in the world for 2013.”

“The following 99 visitors who made a coin on the visitor press also took home a special prize and certificate stating they were some of the first people in the world to make a coin in 2013 at the Royal Australian Mint.”

For more information about the Royal Australian Mint or an image of the 2013 Bicentenary of the Holey Dollar and Dump $1 coin please visit or contact below.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Michelle Nakamura, 0418 164 769


Download high-resolution coin image
Coin Description Download
50 cents Silver Proof Coin

2013 $1 Holey Dollar and Dump Uncirculated Coin Reverse

JPG 1.15MB

50 cents Silver Proof Coin

2013 $1 Holey Dollar and Dump Uncirculated Coin Obverse

JPG 1.20MB