Senator the Hon Nick Sherry, Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law, today launched the first coin in the Inspirational Australians' coin series which features the Australian people's saint, Blessed Mary MacKillop.
The Inspirational Australian coin series recognises and celebrates individual achievements and commemorates unique Australians who have made an extraordinary contribution to our society.
"As the Australian people's saint, and someone who could be called Australia's saint in waiting, Mary MacKillop is a fitting choice for the first coin in the Inspirational Australian series."
"The Royal Australian Mint's world class coin designer Vladimir Gottwald has designed a coin which depicts Mary MacKillop guiding future generations.
Mary was an exceptional Australian woman who stands as an example of great courage, trust and compassion and as our first saint, she will forever inspire our nation," said Minister Sherry.