COIN DESIGN IS A RARE SKILL AND ONE WHICH SEVERAL AUSTRALIANS EXCEL AT IN CANBERRA.
Coin designing is a specialised technique which the Royal Australian Mint (RAMINT)* prices highly.
If you’ve ever wondered about the process behind RAMINT’s coin designs then living in Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra was a good choice this year to find out more. Lovers of good design were able to go on a journey into the Design of Australian coinage for a relatively small fee.
At the Australasian Numismatic Dealer’s Association (ANDA)+, in Melbourne on 27-28 August 2016 at the Tennis Centre in Olympic Park in Melbourne were two esteemed coin designers. Stevan Stojanovic and Bronwyn King gave members of the public insight into the creative world of coin design, from coin concept to the finished, final product.
From 15-15 October 2016 at ANDA’s Sydney Money Expo in the Lower Sydney Town Hall, Druitt Street in Sydney, were another two RAMINT experts in coin design.
Reputable coin designers Aaron Baggio and Aleksandra Stokic are designers of some of the Royal Australian Mint’s products. They answered questions on coin design, following through the numerous stages: sketching, sculpting and then 3D modelling.
The coin designers’ message is simple: Every starts with a concept. A team of product developers undertakes research as step one in a fascinating process of making a new coin. The designers create a detailed design brief drawing from Australia’s unique stories, its history and commemorations. Additionally, modern and popular culture influences such as art and music influence coin design.
Up until early December, Canberrans and visitors to RAMINT in Deakin, ACT were able to view ‘The World of Coin Design’ exhibition for free. They could also view the new Australian circulating coins which are minted at RAMINT.
In the New Year RAMINT offers another coin design exhibition featuring single coin designer’s art work and monetary products.
*The Royal Australian Mint (RAMINT) is a money mint which is located in Deakin, Canberra. The mint is open Monday-Friday: 8.30am to 5pm. Post Christmas it re-opens on 04 January 2017. Telephone 02 6202 6999. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.ramint.gov.au
+ANDA is the professional body representing individuals and businesses that deal in rare coins & banknotes throughout Australasia. Remarkably the organisers’ asked for a real gold coin donation for public entrance to these exhibitions. For further information please see: http://www.anda.com.au/
Text copyright by Fiona Rothchilds with notes acknowledged from RAMINT website.
Photographs copyright Fiona Rothchilds 2016 except for RAMINT photograph of wooden art mannequins.
Uploaded 20 December 2016.