Mint launches a treasure hunt

New $1 coins spark treasure hunt

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The special coins marked with the letters A, U and S.

The special coins marked with the letters A, U and S.


Do you have any of these coins?


CHECK your coin purse – the Royal Australian Mint has sparked a national treasure hunt with its new coin release.

Three million specially marked $1 coins have been released as part of Australia’s Dollar Discovery, a Willy-Wonker style coin hunt.

There are three designs, with the special coins marked with the letters A, U and S. If you collect all three, you could be on your way to visit the Mint.

Families who collect one of each coin can enter for their chance to win one of eight trips to Canberra where they will stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium and get the rare opportunity to mint their very own one kilogram pure silver coin.

Royal Australian Mint chief executive Ross MacDiarmind said the competition was designed to spark an interest in coin collecting.

“The need to collect is as old as humanity and transcends time and culture. Australia’s Dollar Discovery is a nationwide treasure hunt that we hope encourages Australians of all ages and from every state and territory to check their change for these special coins,” Mr MacDiarmind said.

As well as the eight two-night stays in Canberra, 250 people will win $150 Royal Australian Mint vouchers, and 5000 will win an Aussie Dollar Discovery piggy bank.

To win, you must register online and then collect all three of the specially marked $1 coins.

The competition closes on April 8, and the winners will be drawn on May 14, 2019 - the 35th anniversary of the $1 coin.

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