Holden cars attract coin collectors

Holden cars attract coin collectors


RAMINT’s Holden cars exhibition.


In 2016, classic Holden cars were celebrated in 11 colour double-sided coins with the Holden Heritage Coin Collection designed and manufactured by the Royal Australian Mint (RAMINT).

As the Holden car is to be phased out at the end of 2017, classic car enthusiasts are keen to buy anything related to the Holden (General Motors) vehicle as keep-sake memorabilia.

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Holden cars – FB display board at RAMINT.

To promote this newly-minted collection, for four hours on Saturday 20 August 2016 RAMINT held its first car exhibition called ‘Mint Condition’. The eleven different models of Holden cars were on display including the FB, FC, FJ, Kingswood and Monaro.

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 FC Holden display in RAMINT car park.

The cars which inspired the designs of the coins were on display in the car park grounds of RAMINT, based in Deakin, Canberra. The display showcased more than 30 classic Holden cars from the late 1950s and ‘90s. Some carried water bags for hot days.

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Holden prototype at the NMA.

RAMINT’s newspaper advertisement ‘classic-cars-and-coins‘ featured a 1960’s Victorian number-plated Holden car being admired by a woman in yellow dress suit.

On the day, Mrs-cherrybomb an all-together different type of model – posed with a number of Holden cars. She was photographed next to a lime green LJ Torana which featured in the late August edition of the Canberra Weekly newspaper.

According to the accompanying news article, the Heritage Holden exhibition raised more than $1,000 for Lifecycle, a fund-raiser for the Australian Leukaemia Foundation.

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Commemorative tins from RAMINT

RAMINT now has on display the eleven coins dedicated to the Holden car with accompanying text on each of the vehicle models and commemorative tins to store the coins.

For car enthusiasts keen to view more Holden cars, a history of the Holden car with exhibits is on displa at the National Museum of Australia (NMA) (see photo middle left).

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Sideview of Holden prototype – NMA.

Travel information:
The Royal Australian Mint (RAMINT) is a money mint which is located in Deakin, Canberra. Entrance is free. Free two-hour parking outside.
The Mint is open Monday-Friday: 8.30am to 5pm.  Telephone 02 6202 6999. Email: info@ramint.gov.au. Website: http://www.ramint.gov.au
The National Museum of Australia (NMA) at Acton Peninsula in Canberra is open seven days a week all year (except for Christmas Day) from 9am to 4.45pm. Free entrance. Paid parking Mon-Fri.

Text of article Fiona Rothchilds 2016
Uploaded 31 December 2016.

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