To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the $1 coin, The Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) has announced the eight lucky winners of the nationwide ‘treasure hunt’, Australia's Dollar Discovery.
The 8 grand prize winners and their families will fly to Canberra for a holiday worth $10,000. Once there, they will stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium and have the rare opportunity to mint his/her very own one kilogram pure silver coin.
The full list of winners can be found at dollardiscovery.com.au, including 5,250 minor prize winners.
The campaign has been amazingly popular with the Australian public, garnering 64,094 people registering to the competition and 41,000 finding all three of the coins across all Australian states and territories.
Prior to the Dollar Discovery launch on the 1st November 2018, 3 million one dollar coins were distributed throughout the country marked with the letters A, U and S. The campaign received national attention and encouraged both children and families to get involved and have the opportunity to start their very own coin collection.
“Australia’s Dollar Discovery has been an incredibly successful and impactful campaign for the Mint, inspiring new coin collectors of all ages across the country. The Mint is thrilled to announce the winners of this nationwide treasure hunt to the public today,” says Ross MacDiarmid, CEO of the Royal Australian Mint.
Most Australians agree that the art of collecting coins is essential in developing persistence, patience and financial literacy in children, according to research findings commissioned by the Royal Australian Mint. It was also found that 67 per cent of parents worry that the switch to mobile and card payments will affect a child’s ability to understand the value of money.
“It was fantastic to see so many Australian families looking for these dollar coins throughout the past four months. There has always been a desire and need to collect coins and I hope that this treasure hunt has encouraged both children and adults to continue to make their new coin collections grow,” added MacDiarmid.
The grand prize winners include:
Joseph Whyte (ACT)
Pauline Lippold (VIC)
Enza Auciello (NSW)
Shane McGee (TAS)
Gary Renkin (NT)
Scott Miles (SA)
Phuong Nguyen (QLD)
Shirley Stratton (WA)
Watch out for your next chance to take part with a second season expected to be announced later this year.