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Australian Silver Proof Dollars
2006 50th Anniversary of Television
.999 Fine Silver
|The theme for the popular fine silver proof series for 2006 by
the Royal Australian Mint had a special design to commemorate 50 years of Australian
The coin dates back to the evening of September 16, 1956, with design references to the original television cameras. But where it all started was with crowds gathered outside department stores and in homes across Australia to witness the moment, TCN Channel Nine flickered to life accompanied by the famous words "Welcome to television."
It has been 50 years since Bruce Gyngell uttered those words and Australian television appeared. Television linked Australia to the world and brought the country closer to amazing images, like those of Neil Armstrong being the first man to walk on the moon.
"Television has had an amazing impact on Australian society," said Dr Vivienne Thom, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Australian Mint. "Is now part and parcel of everyday Australian life, but if one takes the time to reflect on what this medium brings to our lives, with news, entertainment and reality shows the impact is enormous."
Royal Australian Mint designer, Vladimir Gottwald has created the simple and striking design.
One collector says it is very hard to design any coin with this design that does not bring to mind the old RKO Radio Pictures logo.