The Royal Australian Mint has issued a rectangular shaped coin with an antique finish to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
The Magna Carta has been reissued by Monarchs throughout history, including the 1297 Inspeximus issue by Edward I, which now takes pride of place at the Australian Parliament House. It is a fitting home for a document to which much Australian legislation can trace its roots.
The reverse design of the coin features an inscription taken from the 1297 Inspeximus issue held at the Australian Parliament House along with a representation of King John’s Great Seal which formalized the original 1215 Magna Carta.
The obverse of the coin contains the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, along with the legal tender denomination. A border matching the reverse surrounds the effigy and insctiptions.
Each 1 oz silver coin is struck with an antique finish and has dimensions of 40 mm by 28 mm. The maximum mintage is indicated at 10,000 pieces.
The coins are available to order at the Royal Australian Mint eshop page, with a dispatch date of June 15, 2015 indicated.