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New twist in Australia Post collectibles hunt

Pictured: Limited edition $1 Australia Post Great Aussie Coin Hunt coin, child with massive novelty coin. Images: Australia Post, Royal Australian Mint
Australia Post has released another unexpected coin. Images: Australia Post, Royal Australian Mint

Australians eagerly collecting the Australia’s Post and Royal Australian Mint’s limited-edition coins had better sit down.

From Monday, a new coin will be included in the just-released 26-coin tube and folder sets, meaning collectors will have a 1-in-10 chance to get the limited edition coin.

The coin is an ‘A’ privy coin, with a specially marked envelope in the design and will be available upon the purchase of a full set of A-Z coins as part of The Great Aussie Coin Hunt.

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What’s a privy coin? A privy mark is a small mark in the design of a coin originally used to identify the mint or origin of the coin to prevent counterfeiting. In this instance, the privy mark is the addition of an envelope to the design.

Keep an eye out for the small envelope. Images: Australia Post, Royal Australian Mint
Keep an eye out for the small envelope. Images: Australia Post, Royal Australian Mint

There will also be a limited release of 2,000 privy coins available for pre-order from Friday 1 November.

And Australia Post believes the sets will sell out in just days.

“We’ve been absolutely thrilled with the enthusiasm people have shown for The Great Aussie Coin Hunt and the wonderful celebrations of Aussie nostalgia we’ve seen across the country,” said Australia Post executive general manager community and consumer Nicole Sheffield.

“I can’t wait to hear stories from the lucky collectors who find the limited edition ‘A’ coin. They could be anywhere and no-one knows which tubes they’re hidden in until they’re opened.”

The other coins will still be available at participating post offices until supplies are exhausted.

Coles, Woolworths face collectibles competition

Australia Post announced The Great Aussie Coin Hunt in late September in a bid to celebrate Australian icons.

It came after Coles and Woolworths launched their wildly successful Little Shop, Ooshies and Discovery Garden campaigns.

The collaboration between AusPost and the Royal Australian Mint includes A to Z $1 coins which are available in change when Australians visit Australia Post branches.

Coins were released every Monday between 30 September and 21 October, with the privy coin an unexpected addition.

Image: Royal Australian Mint, Australia Post
Image: Royal Australian Mint, Australia Post

“Each and every coin opens up the opportunity for wonderful conversations about quintessential Australian life,” Sheffield said in September.

“It’s a great way for grandparents to connect with grandchildren, and for all of us to share our own experiences and memories with each other – both here and with friends and family overseas.”

What’s on all of the Australia Post coins?

Here’s the full list of coins:

A for Australia Post

B for Boomerang

C for Cricket

D for Didgeridoo

E for Esky

F for Footy

G for G'day

H for Hills Hoist

I for Iced VoVo

J for Jillaroo and Jackaroo

Image: Royal Australian Mint, Australia Post
Image: Royal Australian Mint, Australia Post

K for Kangaroo

L for Lamington

M for Meat Pie

N for Neighbours

O for Outback

P for Platypus

Q for Quokka

R for Royal Flying Doctor Service

S for Surf Life Saving

T for Thongs

U for Ute

V for Vegemite

W for Weet-Bix™

X for Xantippe (a town in remote WA)

Y for Yowie (a creature described in Australian folklore)

Z for Zooper Dooper

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