The Royal Australian Mint, in partnership with the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, launched a new $2 coin to celebrate the unconquered spirit of wounded, injured and ill Australian service personnel and veterans.
About 2.3 million of these new coins, featuring an image of a wheelchair competitor, will go into public circulation during the coming months, in time for the Invictus Games from 20 to 27 October.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the event as their first overseas official engagement as a newly-married couple.
As an Official Supporter of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the Royal Australian Mint is producing the medials for the games as well as a series of commemorative products leading up to the event.
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Chief Executive Officer Patrick Kidd OBE said,
‘It is just brilliant to have the Mint as one of our partners. The Mint is a national institution and their support is a very tangible demonstration of the significance of these Games to our Nation.
‘While held in Sydney, these are Australia’s Games and Australia’s opportunity to put on an international show of support for our defence community. These coins are a fitting tribute to the men and women who serve and have served in our Defence forces and their families. The picture on the coin celebrates the unconquered spirit that this community displays each and every day and that you will all witness when these Games come to Sydney in October. I encourage all Australians to get hold of one of these coins and keep it as a memento of these Games and the incredible competitors from 18 different Nations who will join us in October.’
The Royal Australian Mint has produced commemorative coins of royal events including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 and acknowledging the Queen as the Commonwealth’s longest-reigning monarch in 2015, the 800th Anniversary since King John signed the Magna Carta, and marking the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Visit www.ramint.gov.au to find out more information about the Royal Australian Mint.
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 – www.invictusgames2018.org.
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