The Royal Australian Mint have launched three commemorative coins in partnership with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) to celebrate the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup.
Designed by Wojciech Pietranik, the three 50 cent coins feature some of the great heroes and iconic references that define the Melbourne Cup legacy.
VRC Chairman Rod Fitzroy said:
“The commemorative Melbourne Cup coins recognise the significance of an iconic Australian sporting event that has grown to become not just one of the greatest horse races in the world, but an integral part of our national culture.”
“The launch of these coins is an important part of the national celebrations planned for the 150th milestone year and a fitting tribute to the legacy of ‘the race that stops the nation.”
The 150th Melbourne Cup will take place on 30th October – 6th November 2010.
The commemorative Melbourne Cup coins are available for purchase from Monday 6th September from the Royal Australian Mint Shop in Canberra, online via www.ramint.gov.au or by calling 1300 652 020. The silver selectively gold-plated two coin set and individual cupro nickel coin are priced at $165 and $8.95 respectively.
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