A 50¢ coin for a 60th anniversary: how the mint is honouring the Bathurst 1000

  • A 50¢ coin for a 60th anniversary: how the mint is honouring the Bathurst 1000 image
Madeleine Riddell


A special coin to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Bathurst 1000 has been unveiled today here in Canberra.

The Royal Australian Mint has created the decorative 50 cent coin in honour of the great race.

The coloured coin features six touring cars, one for each decade of the event, in race formation as they wind their way down the legendary Mount Panorama at top speed.

CEO of the Royal Australian Mint, Leigh Gordon, said the coin captures the history of the race, which was first held in 1963.

“The Bathurst 1000 is the ultimate battleground, where a 1000km endurance race on an unforgiving mountainous track could be won and lost in the last lap.”

As for why a 50-cent piece was chosen, instead of the usual gold coin commemoration, Mr. Gordon has shed some light on the decision.

“It’s a large coin that allows us to tell more of a story,” he said.

Canberra’s own Supercars rookie Cameron Hill had the special honour of unveiling the coin today.

“It’s exciting to be involved in the launch of such a special coin,” he said, “Bathurst has always played a big part in my racing career, from watching the race on TV as a child, to making my debut last year.

“The Great Race has an incredible amount of history and to see some of that encapsulated on our currency is very fitting, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary this year.”

The special coin will be uncirculated but can be purchased from the Mint Shop, or through one of the Mint’s authorised dealers.

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Thumbnail Image: Red Bull Ampol Racing / Royal Australian Mint