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Australian $1 Coins

2006 50th Anniversary of Television Unc Coin

The theme for the popular mintmark series for 2006 by the Royal Australian Mint had a special design to commemorate 50 years of Australian television featuring the simple and striking design produced by Mint designer Vladimir Gottwald.
The coin dates back to the evening of September 16, 1956, with design references to the original television cameras. But where it all started was with crowds gathered outside department stores and in homes across Australia to witness the moment, TCN Channel Nine flickered to life accompanied by the famous words "Welcome to television."
It has been 50 years since Bruce Gyngell uttered those words and Australian television appeared. Television linked Australia to the world and brought the country closer to amazing images, like those of Neil Armstrong being the first man to walk on the moon.
"Television has had an amazing impact on Australian society," said Dr Vivienne Thom, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Australian Mint. "Is now part and parcel of everyday Australian life, but if one takes the time to reflect on what this medium brings to our lives, with news, entertainment and reality shows the impact is enormous."

In a sad coincidence, the owner of Channel Nine, Kerry Packer died very late in 2005.
Australia's largest local media magnate Kerry was an astute businessman who has played a major role in not only developing Australian Television, but when combined with his other media outlets, a major influence of public opinion thus, by proxy, Government.

Information this page sourced directly from Royal Australian Mint Press Release 1st January 2006.

Nominal Specifications

Issues Released
Denomination: $1
Metal: 92% Copper
2% Nickel
6% Aluminum
Mass: 9 grams
Diameter: 25 mm
Mint Mark Folders
C Mintmark
S Mintmark*
M Mintmark*
B Mintmark*
TV Mintmark*
* Yet to be released


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