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Royal Australian Mint

Bradman coin among best in the world

22nd October 2002

Sir Donald Bradman has scored again for Australia after a coin featuring his image was nominated in the international 'Coin of the Year' competition.

A commemorative circulating 20c piece issued by The Royal Australian Mint in 2001 will be up against the world's best for the prestigious awards, co-ordinated by Krause Publications of the USA.

The coin, depicting 'The Don' playing his classic cover drive, was issued to celebrate the life of the phenomenal Australian batsman and has been nominated as one of the designs in the 'Most Popular' coin category.

The coin has certainly proved popular with the Australian public with many of the 10 million coins issued into circulation souvenired into private collections.

Widely regarded as the greatest batsman to play the game, Donald Bradman played 52 Tests for Australia and was captain for 24. He retired in 1948 with a Test average 99.94 runs. No other player in the history of the game has averaged over 65 in international cricket.

Chairman of the Bradman Foundation, former Australian captain Mr Ian Craig, said he was delighted that the Sir Donald Bradman coin had been nominated for the international competition.

"We were pleased to work with the Royal Australian Mint on this fitting commemoration," he said. "It is appropriate that through this nomination this great Australian will once again go into bat at an international level."

The Bradman coin is one of four nominations in different categories for the Royal Australian Mint, reflecting the diversity of the various artists across Australia.

Other nominees include Aboriginal artist, Jeanette Timbery from NSW who has been nominated for her 2001 'Silver Kangaroo' in the 'Best Crown' category and Peter Soobik in the 'Most Artistic' category for the third in his Millennium Coin Series - 'The Future.' A commemorative 20c coin featuring a design by Tasmanian college student, Abbey MacDonald, received a nomination for 'Best Trade' Coin.

The winners will be decided by an international panel of judges including international mints, dealers, designers, and numismatic experts.

Controller of the Royal Australian Mint, Dr Vivienne Thom, said the nominations justified Australia's growing reputation in international circles after the Royal Australian Mint won two Coin of the Year categories in 2001.

"It is a compliment to Australia's artistic and coin production talent that we are consistently recognised at the highest levels in the coin minting world."

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