To commemorate the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup.
This annual Australian event is now referred to as ‘the race that stops a nation.
As a joint exercise between the Royal Australian Mint and the Victorian Racing Club these coins were released in unlimited quantities as part of the celebrations.
The race itself has not only become one of the largest single annual sporting events in Australia but also one of the world’s most prestigious horse races.
On the 2nd Tuesday of November at 3pm nearly the entire nation stops to watch the running of, "the Cup", at Flemington Racecourse. The race itself attracts over 700 million viewers worldwide annually.
A nice piece of Australian history at an affordable price.