The Royal Australian Mint will release a new dome-shaped coin to mark the 14th Netball World Cup to be hosted in Sydney, Australia in August 2015.
Held every four years since the world cup’s inception in 1963, Australia previously hosted the Netball World Cup on two occasions, in Perth in 1967 and in Sydney in 1991. Having been victorious on both occasions, Australia will face the 2015 championships with an advantage to secure their 11th Netball World. The ten day event will showcase the worlds netball elite from 16 countries. As the most popular women’s sport in Australia and with an estimated one million players nationwide, Australia’s association with netball is enduring.
The coin release follows other previous dome-shaped coins issued by the Royal Australian Mint. The popular Southern Sky series explored constellations visible within the southern hemisphere on color printed dome coins. This was followed by a domed coin issued to celebrate Australia and New Zealand as the host of the 2015 International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup.
The reverse design of the 2015 Netball World Cup Silver Proof Dome Coin features a depiction of the ball and the goal ring on the convex surface.
The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the concave surface.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% silver to proof quality with a weight of 1 troy ounce, diameter of 39.62 mm, and mintage of 5,000 pieces.
Preorders are now being accepted for the coin, which has a release date of July 13, 2015.