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Published on October 2nd, 2018 | by Alan Cross


AC/DC is now on Australian money

The Royal Australian Mint has just issued a couple of AC/DC coins aimed at collectors. The first is the 50-cent coin, of which 30,000 copies will be (thunder)struck.

The second is a five dollar piece.

While these coins are legal tender, I wouldn’t rush to spend them. The 50-cent coin retails for $15 AUD while the $5 coin sells for $130 AUD.

Here’s the statement from the mint:

Unrelenting, frank, and at times irreverent, the electrifying music of Australia’s premier rock band AC/DC turns 45 in 2018. Bursting into the Australian live music scene late in 1973 these hard-working musicians certainly took the long way to the top and managed to stay there for decades. The Royal Australian Mint proudly celebrates the 45th anniversary of our greatest rock band AC/DC with this coloured uncirculated coin.

In 2018 we mark 45 years since the formation of a young band in suburban Sydney, who via Melbourne would conquer the rock music world. Turning the volume up on our numismatic tribute to AC/DC we have inverted the triangular blank and present this intricate design oriented like a guitar pick. Nickel plated black and featuring the high voltage logos in vibrant colour print, this is a must have piece for fans of the band or collectors alike.

Wanna buy one? Go here.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One Response to AC/DC is now on Australian money

  1. I just finished reading an article on these same coins on Loudwire. Apparently, 10 coins out of the 30,000 produced have been artificially “struck by lightning” using a Tesla coil at the Questacon National Science and Technology Centre. These coins will be shipped to random, unknowing customers who have ordered the coin. Article linked below.

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