Senior mint executives from all over the world have recognised The Perth Mint’s Eureka
Stockade 150th Anniversary Locket Coin as the ‘most innovative’ silver release at the
XXIV Mint Directors’ Conference (MDC), held in Paris between 1 – 3 May 2006.
The Perth Mint’s Chief Executive Officer, Edward Harbuz, said he was delighted to
receive the honour from fellow senior mint officials. “In a market where innovation is a
key driver, it is extremely gratifying to be recognised for the success of this special
‘locket’ coin. The fact that professional minters from all over the world made this
decision means it is doubly significant.”
Held every two years, the MDC brings together senior representatives from mints in 43
countries worldwide, together with specially invited guests and observers. Under the
rules of this year’s MDC Coin Competition, Official Member Mints were entitled to enter
either a 2004 or 2005-dated coin in each of the six categories on offer. Winners were
selected by secret ballot.
The Perth Mint entry in the Most Innovative Silver Coin category marks the 150th
anniversary of the Eureka Stockade – an historic confrontation between officials and
gold miners in the colony of Victoria that is often interpreted as the birth of democracy in
Australia.
Struck from 0.782oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the Australian legal tender
coin’s reverse depicts a scene from the 1854 rebellion, with the miners’ famous Eureka
flag highlighted in colour. The coin’s most notable feature, however, is a transparent
centrepiece encapsulating a spectacular selection of free-moving natural gold nuggets.
Last year, the coin’s outstanding originality won it second place in Vicenza
Numismatica’s annual competition to find the ‘finest coin in the world’. Italy’s most
important coin, medal and paper money fair invited more than 100 mints to take part.
A very limited stock of Eureka Stockade anniversary silver ‘locket’ coins are still
available from The Perth Mint Shop, FREECALL on 1800 098 817, leading coin dealers,
and via the web at www.perthmint.com.au
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Veronica Maguire, General Manager Minted Products
Telephone 9421 7252 Mobile 0412 114 208 Email veronicam@perthmint.com.au