Phar Lap comes to life on two new $5 collector coins released by the Royal Australian Mint to celebrate 70 years since his historic win at the Melbourne Cup. The coins will be officially launched by The Hon Joe Hockey MP, Federal Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, on 1 April at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
This Saturday's Ladies Day at Rosehill appropriately includes the Phar Lap Stakes. Mr Jack Baker, the jockey who rode Phar Lap to his first victory at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in 1929, will be presented with a Phar Lap coin by Minister Hockey. The Minister will also present a coin to the Sydney Turf Club Chairman, Graeme Pash.
$5 Proof Phar Lap Coin
This aluminium bronze proof coin is limited to just 20,000 for horse enthusiasts and coin collectors worldwide. It has a diameter of 38.74mm, comes in a presentation case and has an outer box featuring the famous Phar Lap painting by Stuart Reid. A numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
$5 Bimetallic Phar Lap Coin
A stainless steel ring with the words 'Phar Lap 1930' surrounds the aluminium bronze centre featuring a detailed representation of Phar Lap's head. This $5 uncirculated quality collector coin costs just $5.00, and comes in an illustrative pack.
Born in New Zealand, Phar Lap was bought at auction by Sydney trainer, Harry Telford. Phar Lap's amazing 17-hand height and one of the largest hearts ever found in a horse helped him live up to his name - a Thai word for 'lightning'.
Phar Lap's amazing racing career is commemorated by the production of these two coins: $5 Proof Coin and $5 Bimetallic Coin. Orders may be placed with the Royal Australian Mint customer service centre on 1300 652 020.