"Bill" comes to Canberra for Royal Australian Mint Rugby World Cup launch | Royal Australian Mint announces involvement with Rugby World Cup 2003

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The Royal Australian Mint today announced its involvement as an official Rugby World Cup 2003 Licensee and that it would issue its first collector coin on the 23rd of May, to celebrate Australia hosting the Rugby World Cup in October and November this year.

Controller of the Royal Australian Mint, Dr Vivienne Thom, unveiled the design of the first coin to be released for the Rugby World Cup, along with local schoolboy rugby players from St Edmunds College, the school once attended by Wallabies captain George Gregan. Also displayed for the occasion was the William Webb Ellis Cup, the trophy awarded to the winners of the Rugby World Cup. On loan from the International Rugby Board the trophy was kept under the watchful eye of its personal security guard, but was put on display for all to see.

Vivienne Thom said the Mint is very proud to be associated with the Rugby World Cup. "Rugby has such an important place in the hearts of many Australians, it therefore seems only fitting to produce a national collector coin to celebrate this hugely popular global sporting event."

The stunning Rugby World Cup 2003 proof coin will be released on the 23rd of May and features the magnificent prize at the centre of this wonderful sporting event...the William Webb Ellis Cup. Using the Mint's latest technology the centre of this pure silver coin has been selectively gold plated to illustrate the true colour and beauty of this trophy. The coin will be in a special presentation case and come with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity. Only 20,000 coins will be produced for worldwide distribution, selling for $77.00 each.

The Proof coin will be available from the Royal Australian Mint from 23rd of May 2003 (ph 1300 65 20 20 between 8.30am to 4pm EST) and selected coin dealers around Australia. An Uncirculated coin to celebrate Rugby World Cup 2003 is due for release in July.

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