Australia gets new triangular $5 coin

By Amy Middleton 7 November 2013
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A triangular $5 coin launched this month commemorates the 25th anniversary of Australian Parliament House.

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST TRIANGULAR coin has been minted to mark the 25th anniversary of Australian Parliament House.

The silver $5 coin was launched this week by the Royal Australian Mint. Just 10,000 of the coins have been released.

A spokesperson at the Royal Australian Mint told Australian Geographic that although the coin is legal tender, it would not be circulated as a regular coin. Being made of silver, the coin is worth more than its $5 face value, and is aimed at collectors.

There have been several five dollar coins released by the Mint in Australia, however this is the first coin to be shaped like a triangle.

Australian Parliament House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 9 May 1988.

Text by Amy Middleton.