Bradman to feature on Australian coin

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Sunday a special edition of the nation's 20-cent coin would carry the picture of cricket hero Sir Donald Bradman, who died in Adelaide in February. Bradman would replace the platypus, an Australian mammal, on one side of the coin. The other side would continue to feature Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who is Australia's head of state. ''The response of the community to the death of Sir Donald on February 25 showed just how much his achievements and the values he embodied have meant to this country,'' Howard said in a statement. Some 10 million of the general-circulation Bradman coins would be minted in the next few months. ''It will not replace the traditional 20 cent coin bearing the platypus. Both coins will be in circulation simultaneously,'' Howard said. The Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint will also issue three limited-edition collector coins to commemorate Bradman. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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