An image of a wheelchair competitor adorns Australia’s newest circulating coin, unveiled today by the Royal Australian Mint ahead of Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
CAPTION: Invictus Games Sydney 2018 commemorative coin design and coins produced by the Royal Australian Mint ahead of the Invictus Games in Sydney in October 2018. Images supplied by the Royal Australian Mint.
Produced in partnership with Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the new $2 coin will celebrate the unconquered spirit of wounded, injured and ill service personnel and veterans across Australia.
Royal Australian Mint expects to release 2.3 million of the coins into public circulation over coming months, ensuring they reach Australian’s wallets and change in time for Invictus Games Sydney 2018 to be held from 20 to 27 October.
CEO of the Royal Australian Mint Ross MacDiarmid said coins had the ability to reach many people and, in this instance, help to share the Invictus Games spirit and spread the word on the healing power of sport across Australia.
“This new $2 coin, designed by one of the mint’s own coin designers, represents triumph over adversity and will be a tangible reminder of the courage of all Invictus Games Sydney 2018 competitors beyond the games in October this year,” Mr MacDiarmid said.
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 CEO Patrick Kidd said he was appreciative of the mint’s support of the games.
“It is just brilliant to have the mint as one of our partners,” Mr Kidd said.
“The Royal Australian 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.”
As an official supporter of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the Royal Australian Mint is also producing medals for the games and will also release a series of commemorative products leading up to the event.