New coin proceeds to help firefighters

Share Canberra's trusted news:


THE Royal Australian Mint has today, October 29, launched a coloured $2 commemorative coin honouring Australia’s firefighters, following the release of a circulating coin of the same design.

The new coin design includes a stylised representation of two firefighters standing back-to-back, with a coloured fire ball in the centre. The figure on the right is shown as masculine and the figure on the left as feminine, as a symbol of the diversity within Australia’s firefighting ranks.

Royal Australian Mint’s general manager, Mark Cartwright announced that $125,000 from the sale of the coins will go to fire and emergency service organisations across the country.

“The Mint is immensely aware of the bravery and sacrifice that goes into being a firefighter. Providing some financial benefit back to the firefighting community is a tangible way for us to assist these critical organisations to prepare for the summer ahead.

“We should not forget that it was less than 12 months ago that large parts of Australia was on fire. Our firefighters – both career and voluntary – courageously combated the extreme conditions to keep us safe,” he said, praising Australia’s 170,000 plus firefighters for their bravery and dedication.

Acting chief officer from the ACT Rural Fire Service, Rohan Scott said, “Volunteering is a strong part of the Australian culture, looking after and assisting your fellow neighbour. After a very long, protracted fire season, to have volunteer firefighters’ amazing efforts recognised…will mean a lot to all volunteers past and present around the country”.

Stuart Ellis, CEO of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council, who partnered with the Mint on this project, said, “Firefighters nationally are honoured to be acknowledged in this way and appreciate the support of the communities in doing their job”.

The Australia’s Firefighters 2020 $2 ‘C’ Mintmark colour uncirculated coin is available in a limited mintage of 40,000 and the 2020 $2 colour circulating coin is also available for purchase. Both coins are Australian legal tender.

To coincide with the launch of the coins, a number of photographs and objects, including firefighter uniforms, burnt coins from the 2003 Canberra bushfire, and a number of coins and medallions made by the Royal Australian Mint, will be on display.

Royal Australian Mint, November 3 to January 28.

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleMuseum’s ‘Songlines’ show bound for Europe
Next article‘Forceful and compelling’ music
Helen Musa
“CityNews” arts editor

Leave a Reply