The Royal Australian Mint have launched (30th March) their latest commemorative dollar coin, which features “Borobi,” the charming and welcoming mascot of the upcoming Commonwealth Games. The blue character, whose design and concept was based on the koala (one of the most recognisable of Australia’s native animals), was chosen by public ballot out of 4,000 entries. Borobi’s designer is Merrilyn Krohn, a teacher from Upper Kedron, Queensland. Borobi was unveiled last year in spectacular fashion, arriving by helicopter on Burleigh Beach on the Gold Coast—site of next year’s games—in front of a crowd of hundreds.
The new, 2018-dated coin was unveiled at the Royal Australian Mint by Sports Minister Greg Hunt, Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo and Small Business Minister Michael McCormack, who were also joined by Gold Coast Corporation Chairman Peter Beattie and Royal Australian Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid.
The reverse of the coin depicts a welcoming Borobi in the centre, in full colour, along with the Commonwealth Games logo below the primary design. The inscription XXI COMMONWEALTH GAMES is positioned above and to the left of centre, with the con’s denomination of 1 DOLLAR in two lines just to the left of Borobi.
The obverse of the coin includes an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by Ian Rank-Broadley, used on all Australian circulation and many collector coins since 1999. The year 2018 is included in the Queen’s legend.
|$1||Alum.-Bronze||9 g||25 mm||Frosted Unc. with applied colour||None|
The XXI Commonwealth Games, promoted as the biggest event in the Gold Coast’s history, will be hosted next year between the 4th and 15th April. The main venue will be the Carrara Stadium; other venues that are already in place and many that are presently under construction will also be utilised. A total of 70 participating nations are scheduled to compete in 275 events covering 18 sports. The modern Commonwealth, which is the successor to the former British Empire, is a voluntary association of 52 independent sovereign states that provide support to each other and work together toward international goals.
The Borobi collectible coin is encased in a colourful presentation cut-out card featuring the Borobi character and specifications about the new coin. It is the third coin to be released in the GC2018 coin program, following the release of the Queen’s Baton Relay coins earlier this month. Please visit the e-shop of the Royal Australian Mint for more information on this and other coins on offer.
Who is in the Commonwealth?
Antigua and Barbuda, Australia (host nation for the 2018 event), the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom (competing as four separate nations of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales), United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, and Zambia. ❑