To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Australian $1 coin the Royal Australian Mint launched the nation’s first ever coin hunt.

The ‘Australia’s Dollar Discovery’ aims to encourage more families and children to collect coins, with three million $1 coins marked with the letters A, U and S hidden beneath the kangaroo being released into circulation.

Families who collect one of each coin can enter a competition for their chance to win one of eight trips to Canberra where they will stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium and get the rare opportunity to mint their very own one kilogram pure silver coin.

Simply collect the $1 coins specially marked with the number ‘35’ and either the letter A, U or S for your chance to win. There are over 1 million of each letter in circulation, so get hunting, and register on the Australian Dollar Discovery website.

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Winners will be announced on the 35th anniversary of the $1 coin, 14 May 2019.

“The need to collect is as old as humanity and transcends time and culture. 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,” says Ross MacDiarmid, CEO of the Royal Australian Mint.

More details here

Happy hunting people!

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  • That’s cool. I like it when they do things like this.


  • Still got some time to find them and I love coin collecting. It is a great hobby i love so i hope i find the coins needed to enter.


  • This is fun, wish I found some


  • I have collected a few! Fingers crossed!!


  • Had no idea about this!!
    Will have to start searching.. intact I have a 1 dollar coin in my wallet now. Shall have to go check it.


  • Oh no, I forgot all about This :,( Now it’s nearly finished! I’m going to get onto it asap tho


  • I did not even know about this competition. Has it been advertised anywhere other then on here?


  • I’ve collected a few of these coins. Had no idea there was a competition


  • Sounds like a lot more people will use cash while this competition is on instead of their credit card.


  • I’ve been looking but unable to find one yet.


  • I wonder how many are still at the mint in storage or at a bank and not been released yet


  • Such an exciting treasure hunt for everyone in the family! We will keep our eyes open! :)


  • Wow – I’ll definitely be checking my $1 coins – hopefully I’ll get a lot of them soon. Usually I get $2 coins in my change.


  • Will have to remember to check!


  • Nice !


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