Nov 022012

Demand for the new square-shaped Summer coin is running red hot. Reaction to its launch on our website earlier this week has been amazing. It looks certain to be gone long before the arrival of Autumn!

Australian Square Coins

In Australia, square-shaped pennies and halfpennies were produced between 1919 and 1921 as part of a move towards a smaller and thus more cost-effective national coinage. But the experiment failed to get off the ground.

In tribute to the Kookaburra patterns, The Perth Mint issued 1/2oz Australian Kookaburra square-shaped silver coins between 2002 and 2005. The 2002 issue was Australia’s first ever legal tender square-shaped coin.

When Australia marked 50 years of television in 2006, our innovative ‘lenticular’ commemorative proved popular in the shape of an old-fashioned TV featuing Graham Kennedy, Playschool, Skippy, Countdown, The Movie Show and Hey Hey.

The arrival of Summer as part of our Australian Seasons Series follows in the rare but firmly established tradition of Australian square-shaped coins.