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This instrument amends the Currency (Australian Coins) Determination 2019 to determine the characteristics of one new circulating and 19 new non-circulating coins proposed to be issued by the Royal Australian Mint.
Administered by: Treasury
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s12 item 20
Registered 19 Mar 2021
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR22-Mar-2021
Tabled Senate11-May-2021
Date of repeal 12 Aug 2021
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

Issued by authority of the Assistant Treasurer

Currency Act 1965

Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2021 Royal Australian Mint No. 1) Determination 2021

Subsection 13(2) and section 13A of the Currency Act 1965 (the Act) provide that the Treasurer may, by legislative instrument, determine details of Australian coin characteristics including denomination, standard composition, standard weight, allowable variation from standard weight, design and dimensions.

The purpose of this legislative instrument is to determine the characteristics of 1 new circulating and 19 new non-circulating coins proposed to be issued by the Royal Australian Mint.

The Treasurer may authorise the making and issuing of coins specified, or taken to be specified, in the Schedule to the Currency Act 1965.  A payment of money is a legal tender if it is made in coins that are made and issued under the Currency Act 1965.  Through the issue of a currency determination, the Treasurer can add, remove and alter the coin characteristics specified, or taken to be specified, in the Schedule to the Currency Act 1965.

In accordance with section 19 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, any Minister in the Treasury portfolio may, by legislative instrument, determine details of Australian coin characteristics.

Details of the legislative instrument are set out in the Attachment.

The legislative instrument commenced on the day after it was registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.

The legislative instrument is subject to disallowance under section 42 of the Legislation Act 2003.

 

Consultation

No public consultation was undertaken in relation to this legislative instrument. The effect of this instrument is to determine details of new Australian coin characteristics which will enable the Royal Australian Mint to continue its production of circulating and numismatic coins.

Members of the public have the opportunity to contact the Royal Australian Mint to present any themes they would like to see commemorated on Australian legal tender. These concepts are then researched and assessed in accordance with the Royal Australian Mint’s Coin Design Policy. The Royal Australian Mint also uses market based tools to identify interested parties and gauge interest in coin themes.

 

Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2021 Royal Australian Mint No. 1) Determination 2021

This Legislative Instrument is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.

Overview of the Legislative Instrument

The purpose of this legislative instrument is to determine the characteristics of 1 new circulating and 19 new non-circulating coins proposed to be issued by the Royal Australian Mint.

Human rights implications

This Legislative Instrument does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.

Conclusion

This Legislative Instrument is compatible with human rights as it does not raise any human rights issues.


 

ATTACHMENT

Details of the Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2021 Royal Australian Mint No. 1) Determination 2021

This Attachment sets out further details of the Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2021 Royal Australian Mint No. 1) Determination 2021 (the Determination).

Section 1 – Name

This section provides that the name of the Determination is the Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2021 Royal Australian Mint No. 1) Determination 2021.

Section 2 – Commencement

This section prescribes that the Determination commences the day after the Determination is registered.

Section 3 – Authority

This section provides that the Determination is made under the Currency Act 1965.

Section 4 – Schedule

This section provides that each instrument specified in a Schedule to the Determination is amended or repealed as set out in the Schedule.

Schedule 1 – Amendments

Schedule 1 amends the Currency (Australian Coins) Determination 2019 by adding the details of new coin characteristics and making technical amendments to ensure the Determination operates as intended. The newly determined coin characteristics are set out below.


 

New circulating coin

2021 $2 Coloured Circulating Coin – Ambulance Services

The design on the 2021 $2 coloured circulating coin – ambulance services consists of a central circle containing a Maltese cross. Surrounding the central circle is a round border consisting of alternating concentric circular lines and circular patterns of dots, covered in green print. The design includes a stylised representation of two paramedics tending to a patient on a wheeled stretcher. The design includes the following inscriptions: “AMBULANCE SERVICES” and “AB” in a stylised form (the initials of the designer Aaron Baggio).

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA” and the inscription, in numerals, of a year, and Arabic numerals for the amount, in dollars or cents, of the denomination of the coin followed by “DOLLAR”, “DOLLARS” or “CENTS” as the case requires. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”.

New non-circulating coins

2021 $2 C Mintmark Coloured Uncirculated Coin – Ambulance Services

The design on the 2021 $2 C mintmark coloured uncirculated coin – ambulance services consists of a central circle containing a Maltese cross. Surrounding the central circle is a round border consisting of alternating concentric circular lines and circular patterns of dots, covered in green print. The design includes a stylised representation of two paramedics tending to a patient on a wheeled stretcher. The design includes the following inscriptions: “AMBULANCE SERVICES”; “AB” in a stylised form (the initials of the designer Aaron Baggio) and “C”.

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA” and the inscription, in numerals, of a year, and Arabic numerals for the amount, in dollars or cents, of the denomination of the coin followed by “DOLLAR”, “DOLLARS” or “CENTS” as the case requires. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”.

2021 50c Uncirculated Coin – 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Khanh

The design on the 2021 50c uncirculated coin – 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Khan consists of a stylised representation of a Centurion tank with a soldier partly within the tank and partly out, and holding a mounted gun. Next to the tank is a representation of a soldier, holding a rifle at the ready. Beneath the tank, in the foreground is stylised jungle foliage. At the top of the coin there is a representation of a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter (also known as a “Huey”), being shot down. In the background there is a stylised representation of a forest, and two perpendicular lines crossing at the bottom left of the coin. The design includes the following inscriptions: “50”; “THE BATTLE OF LONG KHANH”; “YS 507938” (which is the grid reference to the site of the battle of Long Khanh fought on 6 and 7 June, 1971); and “AB” in a stylised form (the initials of the designer Aaron Baggio).

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 50c Uncirculated Coin – 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Nui Le

The design on the 2021 50c uncirculated coin – 50th anniversary of the battle of Nui Le consists of a representation of a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter (also known as a “Huey”), with one of the rotors going to the rim on the right of the coin. Next to the Huey is a stylised representation of four soldiers crouching down to evacuate a wounded soldier on a simple stretcher. In the foreground, on the right there is a stylised representation of a soldier kneeling and aiming a rifle to the right. On the left of the coin there is a stylised representation of bamboo. In the background, at the top of the coin there is a representation of a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II aircraft flying overhead. Also in the background is a stylised representation of an exploding bomb on a hill. Two perpendicular lines crossat the bottom right of the coin. The design includes the following inscriptions: “50” ; “THE BATTLE OF NUI LE”; “YS 513857” (the grid reference to the site of the Battle of Nui Le on 21 September, 1971); and “AB” in a stylised form (the initials of the designer Aaron Baggio).

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 $1 1/2oz Silver Uncirculated Coin – Ginger Meggs 1921

The design on the 2021 $1 1/2oz silver uncirculated coin – Ginger Meggs consists of a coloured cartoon representation of the characters from the book More Adventures of Ginger Meggs (Series 27, 1950) as illustrated by James “Jimmy” Bancks on the published comic cover. The design includes the following inscriptions: “BANCKS’”; “1 DOLLAR”; “GINGER MEGGS” in colour; and “1921”. 

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

 2021 $1 1/2oz Silver Uncirculated Coin – Ginger Meggs 2021

The design on the 2021 $1 1/2oz silver uncirculated coin – Ginger Meggs consists of a coloured cartoon representation of the characters from the comic book Ginger Meggs (2021), as illustrated by Jason Chatfield.  The design includes the following inscriptions: “BANCKS’”; “1 DOLLAR”; “GINGER MEGGS” in colour; and “2021”. 

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

 2021 $1 Coloured Uncirculated Coin – Centenary of Ginger Meggs 1921

The design on the 2021 $1 coloured uncirculated coin – centenary of Ginger Meggs consists of  a coloured cartoon representation of the characters from the comic book More adventures of Ginger Meggs (Series 24, 1947), as illustrated by James “Jimmy” Bancks on the published comic cover. The design includes the following inscriptions: “BANCKS’”; “1 DOLLAR”; “GINGER MEGGS” in colour; and “1921”.

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 $1 Coloured Uncirculated Coin – Centenary of Ginger Meggs 2021

The design on the 2021 $1 coloured uncirculated coin – centenary of Ginger Meggs consists of a coloured cartoon representation of the characters from the comic book Ginger Meggs (2021), as drawn by Jason Chatfield. The design includes the following inscriptions: “BANCKS’”; “1 DOLLAR”; “GINGER MEGGS” in colour; and “2021”.

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 $2 Coloured Uncirculated Coin – 30 Years of The Wiggles – Captain Feathersword

The design on the 2021 $2 coloured uncirculated coin – Captain Feathersword consists of  a central circle containing a stylised representation of the Australian children’s music group The Wiggles character Captain FeatherswordTM surrounded by four stars and four musical notes. The central circle is surrounded by six concentric circles with a red and pink colour pattern consisting of stars and musical notes. The design includes two stylised “feather-swords” as depicted by The Wiggles. The design also includes the following inscriptions: “CAPTAIN FEATHERSWORD”; and “TWO DOLLARS”.

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 $2 Coloured Uncirculated Coin – 30 Years of The Wiggles – Dorothy the Dinosaur

The design on the 2021 $2 coloured uncirculated coin – Dorothy the Dinosaur consists of  a central circle containing a stylised representation of the Australian children’s music group The Wiggles character Dorothy the DinosaurTM surrounded by three stars and five musical notes. The central circle is surrounded by six concentric circles with a yellow and white colour pattern consisting of stars and musical notes. The design includes two stylised roses. The design also includes the following inscriptions: “DOROTHY THE DINOSAUR”; and “TWO DOLLARS”.

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 $2 Coloured Uncirculated Coin – 30 Years of The Wiggles – Wags the Dog

The design on the 2021 $2 coloured uncirculated coin – Wags the Dog consists of a central circle containing a stylised representation of the Australian children’s music group The Wiggles character Wags the DogTM surrounded by four stars and four musical notes. The central circle is surrounded by six concentric circles with a blue and light blue colour pattern consisting of stars and musical notes. The design includes two stylised bones.  The design also includes the following inscriptions: “WAGS THE DOG”; and “TWO DOLLARS”.

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 $2 Coloured Uncirculated Coin – 30 Years of The Wiggles – Henry the Octopus

The design on the 2021 $2 coloured uncirculated coin – Henry the Octopus consists of a central circle containing a stylised representation of the Australian children’s music group The Wiggles character Henry the OctopusTM surrounded by four stars and four musical notes. The central circle is surrounded by six concentric circles with a purple and light purple colour pattern consisting of stars and musical notes. The design includes two stylised bowties.  The design also includes the following inscriptions: “HENRY THE OCTOPUS”; and “TWO DOLLARS”.

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 $1 Uncirculated Coin – 30 Years of The Wiggles - 1991

The design on the 2021 $1 uncirculated coin – 30 Years of The Wiggles – 1991 consists of a stylised representation of the original 1991 members of the Australian children’s music group The Wiggles sitting in a car turned slightly to the right surrounded by eleven stars and six musical notes. Printed on the bonnet and side door of the car is The Wiggles logo and the words “BIG RED CAR”TM. The design includes the following inscriptions: “THIRTY YEARS OF THE WIGGLES 1991”; and “1 DOLLAR”.  

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 $1 Uncirculated Coin – 30 Years of The Wiggles - 2021

The design on the 2021 $1 uncirculated coin – 30 years of the Wiggles – 2021 consists of a stylised representation of the 2021 members of the Australian children’s music group The Wiggles sitting in a car facing forward, surrounded by ten stars and five musical notes. The Wiggles logo and the words “BIG RED CAR”TM  are printed on the bonnet of the car. The design includes the following inscriptions: “THIRTY YEARS OF THE WIGGLES 2021”; and “1 DOLLAR”.  

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 $100 1oz Gold Investment Coin – Australia Zoo - Cheetah

The design on the 2021 $100 1oz gold investment coin – Australia Zoo – Cheetah consists of a stylised representation of cheetah standing side on looking forward with its front paws visible over a line across the bottom of the coin, and with the back paws obscured. In the background is stylised representation of grass representing grassland. The design also includes the following inscriptions: “AUSTRALIA ZOO”; “CHEETAH”; “XOZ .9999 Au” (where “X” is the nominal weight in ounces of the coin, expressed as a whole number or a common fraction in Arabic numerals); and “AWB” (the initials of the designer, Adam William Ball).

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coin together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”, the inscription, in numerals, of a year and Arabic numerals for the amount, in dollars or cents, of the denomination of the coin followed by “DOLLAR”, “DOLLARS” or “CENTS” as the case requires. The obverse design also includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”. 

2021 $1 1oz Silver Investment Coin – Australia Zoo - Cheetah

The design on the 2021 $1 1oz silver investment coin – Australia Zoo – Cheetah consists of a stylised representation of a cheetah sprinting along rough ground over a line across the bottom of the coin. In the background, is stylised representation of grass, representing grassland. The design also includes the following inscriptions: “AUSTRALIA ZOO”; “CHEETAH”; “XOZ .999 Ag” (where “X” is the nominal weight in ounces of the coin, expressed as a whole number or a common fraction in Arabic numerals); and “AWB” (the initials of the designer, Adam William Ball).

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coin together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”, the inscription, in numerals, of a year and Arabic numerals for the amount, in dollars or cents, of the denomination of the coin followed by “DOLLAR”, “DOLLARS” or “CENTS” as the case requires. The obverse design also includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”.

2020 $500 5oz Gold Proof coin – Lunar Year of the Rat

The design on the 2021 $500 5oz gold proof coin – lunar Year of the Rat consists of a representation of a rat standing on the convex side of a crescent shape. In the background there are six lychees and six leaves hanging from a branch. On the underside of the crescent shape is the Chinese language character () pronounced shŭ under the Pinyin system and meaning rat. The design includes the following inscriptions: “YEAR OF THE RAT”; “BK” (the initials of the designer, Bronwyn King) ; and “X oz .9999 Au” (where “X” is the nominal weight in ounces of the coin, expressed as a whole number or a common fraction in Arabic numerals).

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coin together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”, the inscription, in numerals, of a year and Arabic numerals for the amount, in dollars or cents, of the denomination of the coin followed by “DOLLAR”, “DOLLARS” or “CENTS” as the case requires. The obverse design also includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”.  The effigy is surrounded by an ornamental border comprising stylised representations of splashing water. Immediately inside the rim of the coin is a border consisting of stylised representations of each of the following: a rat; a pig; a dog; a rooster; a monkey; a goat; a horse; a snake; a dragon; a rabbit; a tiger; and an ox.

2021 $500 5oz Gold Proof coin – Lunar Year of the Ox

The design on the 2021 $500 5oz gold proof coin – lunar Year of the Ox consists of a stylised representation of willow branches in the background, partially obscured by a crescent shape and a representation of an ox. Surrounded by the crescent shape are the following inscriptions: the Chinese language character “, pronounced niú under the Pinyin system and meaning ox; “YEAR OF THE OX”; “BK” (the initials of the designer, Bronwyn King); and “X oz .9999 Au” (where “X” is the nominal weight in ounces of the coin, expressed as a whole number or a common fraction in Arabic numerals).

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coin together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”, the inscription, in numerals, of a year and Arabic numerals for the amount, in dollars or cents, of the denomination of the coin followed by “DOLLAR”, “DOLLARS” or “CENTS” as the case requires. The obverse design also includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”.  The effigy is surrounded by an ornamental border comprising stylised representations of splashing water. Immediately inside the rim of the coin is a border consisting of stylised representations of each of the following: a rat; a pig; a dog; a rooster; a monkey; a goat; a horse; a snake; a dragon; a rabbit; a tiger; and an ox.

2021 $5 Coloured Silver Proof Coin – Australian Redback Spider

The design on the 2021 $5 coloured silver proof coin – Australian redback spider consists of a representation of a red-back spider in colour spinning a tangled web. The design also includes the following inscriptions: “REDBACK SPIDER” in colour and partially obscured by the spider’s legs; “X oz .999 SILVER” (where “X” is the nominal weight in ounces of the coin, expressed as a whole number or a common fraction in Arabic numerals); and “AWB” (the initials of the designer, Adam William Ball).

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coin together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”, the inscription, in numerals, of a year and Arabic numerals for the amount, in dollars or cents, of the denomination of the coin followed by “DOLLAR”, “DOLLARS” or “CENTS” as the case requires. The obverse design also includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”.

2021 $1 Koala Privy Mark Uncirculated Coin – ANDA release

The design on the 2021 $1 koala privy mark uncirculated coin – ANDA release consists of a stylised representation of five kangaroos, “1 DOLLAR” and a stylised representation of a koala enclosed in a square.

Consistent with all Australian legal tender coinage, an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appear on the obverse side of the coins together with the inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”; “AUSTRALIA”; and the inscription, in numerals, of a year. The obverse design includes the initials of the designer Jody Clark “JC”.