The Royal Australian Mint commemorates fifty years of the Sydney Opera House with new bullion coins

The Sydney Opera House, an architectural icon nestled along Australia’s stunning harbour, stands as a masterpiece of modern design and artistic expression. Conceived by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, its sail-like shells symbolize harmony between innovation and nature. Since its completion in 1973, the Opera House has enraptured global audiences with its remarkable acoustics and hosting of diverse performances. Its distinctive silhouette has become synonymous with Sydney’s identity, drawing millions of visitors each year to admire this UNESCO World Heritage site.

It almost goes without saying that the various Antipodean mint’s would commemorate this iconic structure’s 50th anniversary, but the Royal Australian Mint have gone a little further in making a bullion coin in both one-ounce silver, and one-ounce gold formats. Artist Adam Ball has crafted an attractive design, seamlessly showing the building transitioning from interior to exterior views in a simplified construction drawing elevation. A pair of swirling background patterns, one seemingly representing the water in the harbour, the other the passage of the stars across the sky, are nice touches, and the latter has an anniversary logo overlaid upon it.

The obverse is the usual simple effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, incorporating the memorial dates. Both variants should be available to order from today, with the gold mintage capped at 5,000 pieces, and the silver at 50,000.

DENOMINATION $1 AUD (Australia) $100 AUD (Australia)
COMPOSITION 31.1 g of 0.999 silver 31.1 g of 0.9999 gold
DIMENSIONS 40.0 mm 38.74 mm
MINTAGE 50,000 5,000