New Aussie $2 Coin Released To Celebrate Women’s Cricket
For the first time in Australia, Royal Australia Mint has released a $2 coin that features a female cricketer.
To celebrate the ICC Women's T20 World Cup starting Friday, Woolworths and the Mint have released a limited edition $2 coin.
Two million of the history-making coins entered circulation on Wednesday.
Australian wicket-keeper and two-time T20 Player of the Year Alyssa Healy hoped hosting the tournament on home soil will inspire more women to give cricket a go.
“With the team and I just days away from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, it’s so exciting to see a coin that features a female cricketer go into circulation for the very first time," she said.
“2020 is a big year for Aussie women in sport, in fact cricket for girls and women is the fastest growing area of Australian Cricket and ensuring this number continues to rise is a subject that’s very close to my heart."
The coin features a female batter with a ring of colour around the image.
Royal Australian Mint's Ross MacDiarmid said it captures the "vibrant and explosive spirit" of the World Cup.
“Creating the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup coin is the Royal Australian Mint’s way of once again honouring our nation’s participation in iconic global sporting events," he said.
The coin is also available in a collectors' album for $3.
The Aussie women kick off the tournament on Friday, playing India at the Sydney Showground.
The final will be held at the MCG on March 8 to celebrate International Women's Day, with organisers hoping to smash the world-record attendance for a women's cricket match.