2016 Four $1 Coin Uncirculated Mintmark and Privy Mark Set - Australia's First Mints
The Royal Australian Mint’s 2016 mintmark and privy mark set pays tribute to the sovereigns that were minted as a result of Australia’s gold rush. As part of the annual tradition, this fourcoin set allows collectors to purchase the coins adorned with each of the mintmarks and privy marks that will be available throughout the year.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
Throughout the 19th century, Australian currency was an assortment of foreign coins, promissory notes and rum trades. The gold rush of this era became a pivotal event for Australian society, assisting in the development of both a form of currency and a unique identity.
The Adelaide Assay Office was established in 1852, and in its short life produced gold ingots and Australia’s first gold coin, the Adelaide Pound. Official branches of the Royal Mint opened in Sydney (1855), Melbourne (1872) and Perth (1899), producing sovereigns and other pre-decimal coins.
The Royal Australian Mint opened in 1965, superseding other Australian mints to become the sole producer of the country’s decimal coins. For several years, a highlight in visiting the Royal Australian Mint has been the gallery press. Here visitors can strike their own C mintmark coin which celebrates an event or tradition of national significance.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• A celebration of Australian society’s growth from the 19th Century gold rush
• For this special year, the set includes an ‘S’, ‘M’ and ‘P’ privy mark, denoting the locations of the first mints. The ‘C’ mintmark completes the collection
• The coins’ reverse emulate a Sydney Mint sovereign design
• Packaged on a four-coin presentation card
• Coins’ obverses feature the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley
• Australian legal tender
The passing of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act empowered the Government to make laws with respect to currency, coinage and legal tender. The Coinage Act 1909 put in place the first steps for an Australian coinage. Thus began the journey towards a mint owned by the Commonwealth and ind...Find Out More