- A special piece has been launched for the Bathurst 1000
- It’s the 60th anniversary of the iconic race next weekend
- The coin depicts six racing cars, one for each decade.
The Royal Australian Mint has celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Bathurst 1000 by releasing a special 50 cent coin for next weekend’s race.
A number of special celebrations and tributes will be held during the Great Race as Bathurst marks its sixth anniversary.
A colorful 2023 Uncirculated 50 Envoy coin designed by Lydia Ashe has been created. It features six cars, one for each decade, winding their way to the top of Mount Panorama.
The coin was launched this week by Australian pilot Cameron Hill at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.
“It’s exciting to be a part of the launch of such a special coin,” Hill said.
Special coin released for 60th anniversary of Bathurst 1000
The race celebrates its 60th anniversary next weekend
“Bathurst has always played a big part in my racing career, from watching the race on TV as a child to my debut last year.
“The Great Race has an incredible history and seeing part of it encapsulated on our currency is only fitting as we celebrate its 60th anniversary this year.
“I’m really looking forward to lining up on the starting grid at the Mountain in October in the Matt Stone Racing Chevrolet Camaro.”
The coin is a collector’s item and legal tender. It can be purchased at the Mint boutique or from one of the Mint’s authorized resellers.
“The Bathurst 1000 is the ultimate battleground, where a 1,000 kilometer endurance race on an unforgiving mountain track can be won or lost on the final lap,” said Leigh Gordon, CEO of the Royal Australian Mint.
“With corner names like Hell Corner, The Cutting and The Esses, it’s not too hard to imagine why Bathurst is considered by many to be one of the most legendary and challenging race circuits in the world.
“The Bathurst 1000 has earned its place in Australian history and I am delighted that the Mint has chosen to recognize it with a coin.”