The Perth Mint released a World Youth Day Sydney 2008 (WYD08)
commemorative coin range on 2 January 2008 to celebrate the first visit
by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Australia.
The range includes two Vatican-approved coin designs – a 1oz "World Youth Day Sydney 2008" on the
Sydney will host the 23rd World Youth Day from July 15-20 with up to 125,000 international visitors expected to attend.
WYD08 Chief Operating Officer Danny Casey believes the limited
mintage coins will prove popular among both Australians and
international visitors wishing to preserve the memory of this historic
"For many pilgrims and proud Australian hosts, WYD08 will be one of the most significant events in their lives," he said.
"We are delighted to be working with The Perth Mint to offer those
involved a memento they can treasure and hand down through generations
as a keepsake of their experience."
Both commemorative coins are available worldwide and issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.
With a strictly limited mintage of no more than 1,000 Gold Proof
Coins and 25,000 Silver Proof Coins, they are expected to be snapped up
"The World Youth Day 2008 Commemoratives will mark the first time
that a Pope has been depicted on an Australian legal tender coin," said
Ron Currie, Sales and Marketing Director, The Perth Mint.
"We are extremely proud to be involved with an event that clearly means so much to youth around the globe."
The design is ‘struck’ in the traditional way on the 99.99% pure
Gold Proof Coin and is portrayed in colour on the 99.9 per cent pure Silver
The coins are housed in timber display cases, protected by either a red
(Gold Coin) or black (Silver Coin) box shipper featuring a colour image
of Pope Benedict XVI.
Recommended retail price for the 1oz Gold Proof Coin is $AUD1,750 or
$AUD89.50 for the 1oz Silver Proof Coin. Prices include goods and
services tax (GST).
The monetary denomination of the Gold Proof Coin is $AUD100, and the monetary denomination of the Silver Proof Coin is $AUD1.
Coins can be purchased from The Perth Mint (www.perthmint.com.au) or
freecall 1800 098 817, reputable coin dealers and selected Australia
Post outlets. All coins come with numbered Certificates of
WYD08 – hosted by the Catholic Church, but open to all – is expected
to draw up to 500,000 people to its largest event, a Final Mass at
Randwick Racecourse and Centennial Park.