The Royal Australian Mint gave a member of the public a rare chance to handle some of the rarest coins in their collection. -Editor The Royal Australian Mint in Canberra has given a lucky member of the public a rare look inside its vault.
The vault holds a collection of coins worth more than $12 million and its doors are not opened often.
Despina Tramoundanis from Murrumbateman won a raffle to carry four rare coins, valued at over $1 million, from the vault to their display case on the second floor.
One of the coins that was moved is a rare 1920 sovereign that was made in Sydney.
The Mint says a similar coin sold at auction for $800,000.
The other three coins are 19th century sovereigns, distinctive because they have spelling mistakes on them.
To read the complete article, see: Australian Mint offers rare peek inside vault (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/07/2618876.htm)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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