In honor of the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most recognizable landmark, the new Sydney Opera House coins have been issued! In honor of this landmark’s 50th anniversary, the Royal Australian Mint has just released a set of five commemorative coins. The Opera House’s distinctive sails are depicted in exquisite detail on each coin. This set features a variety of coins, including a 50-cent uncirculated piece, a 50-cent silver proof piece with selective gold plating, a $100 gold proof domed piece, a $1 silver investment piece, and a $100 gold investment piece.
Sydney Opera House Coins:
50c Uncirculated Coin
50c Selectively Gold-Plated Fine Silver Proof Coin
$100 Gold Proof Domed Coin
Sydney Opera House Investment Coins:
$100 1 Oz Gold Investment Coin
$1 1 Oz Fine Silver Investment Coin
Andrew Leigh, assistant minister for Competition, Charities, and the Treasury, called the Opera House “one of the world’s most distinctive buildings.” According to Leigh, recognizing this landmark as a symbol of Australia is entirely appropriate. Jorn Utzon once remarked that his building’s 14 shells could be joined together to form a perfect sphere. It’s only appropriate that they appear on Australia’s newest coin.
Leigh Gordon, CEO of the Royal Australian Mint, remarked that the Opera House had become a symbol of Australia and was widely regarded as an architectural masterpiece. Gordon said he hoped Australians would use the coins to “celebrate and cherish” the building for generations to come. Vegemite toast and Vegemite jars have also been featured on recent coin releases from the Royal Mint, making this not the first coin to honor an Australian icon.