Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Australia Released A Coin To Commemorate Beijing Olympics

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A 50-cent Australian coin shaped as a postage stamp and featuring a Chinese dragon and the Australian Olympic Committee logo on one side went on sale Tuesday to commemorate the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

The other side of the coin has the image of British Queen Elizabeth II.

As a tribute to the Chinese belief in the lucky number eight, 8,000 of the coins are to be released for sale across the country, said the Australia Post, which is selling the collectibles ahead of the August 8 start of the Games.

The stamp-coin was produced by the Perth Mint and is priced at 89.95 Australian dollars (85.73 US dollars).

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