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To commemorate the 150th running of ‘the race the stops a nation’ (many Australians stopping normal activities at 3pm on race day to watch or listen to the event), the Royal Australian Mint and the Victorian Racing Club, are releasing these uncirculated Non Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) coins as part of a year-long celebration. In spite of its humble beginnings, this race has grown to become one of the biggest annual sporting events in Australia and one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. The 1861 race had seventeen starters and was run before a crowd of 4000 spectators. Today, it is broadcast to an audience of around 700 million people worldwide.
The coin comes displayed in a capsule pushed into an informative card depicting champion thoroughbred Phar Lap. Both the card and coin were designed in collaboration with the Victorian Racing Club and feature elements of their trademarked logos.
Fourth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Depicts horses and jockeys crossing the finishing line at Flemington Racecourse, the venue for the cup race.