Our friends Down Under are already on board with the concept of a circulating coinage treasure hunt. -Editor
Check your wallets, folks: the Royal Australian Mint has launched a national treasure hunt.
The mint has released 3 million specially marked $1 coins into circulation and people are being urged to check their change.
The coins are marked with the letters A, U or S, are date stamped 2019 and have the number 35 to mark the 35th anniversary of the $1 coin (which is on May 14, 2019).
People who collect one of each coin can enter the competition for the chance to be one of eight to win a trip to Canberra with a stay at the Jamala Wildlife Lodge.
The eight winners - picked from each state and territory - will also get the opportunity to mint their own one-kilogram pure silver coin and receive a VIP tour of the mint.
Royal Australian Mint chief executive Ross MacDiarmid said the golden ticket-style competition was launched to encourage children to collect coins.
"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,â€ Mr MacDiarmid said.
The five kangaroos design was created by Stuart Devlin, and hundreds of millions of the $1 coins have been minted since 1984.
What a fun idea! It will be interesting to see the news coverage of the results. The competition closes April 8, 2019, and the winners will be drawn on May 14, 2019.
To read the complete article, see:
Royal Australian Mint launches
a Willy Wonka-style treasure hunt (https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-
Wayne Homren, Editor
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