2010 Australian 50c 150th Running of the Melbourne Cup Coin On Card
Racing fans can now hold a piece of Melbourne Cup memorabilia in their own hands thanks to the release of three collectable coins to mark the 150th anniversary of ‘the race that stops a nation’ ™, launched as part of the Melbourne Cup Symposium in Canberra on Friday, 13 August.
Released by the Royal Australian Mint in partnership with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and designed by internationally acclaimed engraver and sculptor, Wojciech Pietranik, the three 50 cent coins feature some of the great heroes and iconic references that define the Melbourne Cup legacy.
“The past 149 years of the Melbourne Cup have produced moments of incredible significance, that have not only changed the lives of those involved but left lasting memories for people across the country and around the world,” said Ross MacDiarmid, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Australian Mint.
“In keeping with our long history of maintaining records, capturing moments and celebrating important achievements within Australia's rich heritage and culture, the Royal Australian Mint is proud to give all Australians the opportunity to own their very own piece of Cup history,” Mr MacDiarmid said.
“The commemorative Melbourne Cup coins recognise the significance of an iconic Australian sporting event that has grown to become not just one of the greatest horse races in the world, but an integral part of our national culture,” said VRC Chairman Rod Fitzroy.
“The launch of these coins is an important part of the national celebrations planned for the 150th milestone year and a fitting tribute to the legacy of ‘the race that stops a nation’,” Mr Fitzroy said.