Coins on sale during mint’s Mid West visit
The Royal Australian Mint will be visiting Geraldton on July 11 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Australia’s switch to decimal currency.
Called “The Changeover Tour”, the mint will be touring WA to educate people on the nation’s decimalisation in 1966, and selling limited-release commemorative coins.
Mint chief executive Ross MacDiarmid said the idea came from the high level of demand the mint received from the public to visit Australia’s regional centres with the latest coins.
“Born out of Australia’s passion for collectible commemorative coins, The Changeover Tour is visiting all States and Territories to celebrate the 50th anniversary of decimal currency and gives the Australian public a special experience,” Mr MacDiarmid said.
The tour will be by the clock tower on Marine Terrace from 10am to 4pm and locals can buy special commemorative packs of mint’s recently released 50th decimalisation anniversary circulating 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c coins.
The public will also be able to operate the mint’s coin press to stamp the outline of Australia into a 2016 commemorative $1 coin for the centenary of Anzac.
A new exhibition on Dutch exploration of Australia’s “Western Edge”, most of which makes up the modern Mid West, has opened in the State Library.
The exhibition is part of this year’s commemorations to mark the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing in Shark Bay on October 25, 1616 – making him the first European recorded on Australian soil.
Opening the exhibition last Friday, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said one of its most significant pieces was a 263-year-old map, one of two rare documents recently acquired by the library and on display for the first time.
“This precious map was the first detailed drawing of the WA coastline and is a key part of our documentary heritage,” Mr Day said.
“It was prepared in 1753 by Johannes van Keulen, mapmaker for the Dutch East India Company, using explorer Willem de Vlamingh’s manuscript chart of his 1696-97 voyage.
“Also on display is the historic 1703 Thornton map, which includes many Dutch discoveries along the WA coast.”
Mr Day said the van Keulen and Thornton maps would undergo conservation work, before being digitised for free access on the State Library website.
“While it explores in detail these early maritime links, this exciting exhibition also includes many inspiring and engaging stories highlighting more contemporary Dutch connections with WA,” he said.
“Recognising the important contribution that migrant communities have made to this State, the exhibition uses innovative displays to help bring 400 years of WA’s Dutch history to life.”
The Abrolhos Islands, off the coast of Geraldton, were among the first parts of WA to be mapped by the Dutch.