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Australian government releases new AC/DC coins for band's 50th anniversary

Royal Australian Mint making AC/DC coins with Angus Young


According to Bega District News, the Australian government has once again released a new AC/DC coin.

The coin from Royal Australian Mint — a government agency which is the sole supplier of Australia’s circulating coinage — celebrates the band’s 50th anniversary and features guitarist Angus Young in his school boy uniform, doing his one-legged hop, the chicken walk.

Next year marks 50 years since the formation of the legendary rock band AC/DC.

The Royal Australian Mint has got in early and immortalised the band on a new 2023 coin, which won’t be circulated but will be a collector’s item.

There is a $1 silver frosted version for $90.

There is also a collection of six uncirculated 20c coins, coloured to look like a record, for $110.

This is at least the third time the Royal Australian Mint has produced AC/DC coins. Two years ago, it issued a box set with original AC/DC album covers. The six LPs represented in the series were “High Voltage”“TNT”“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”“Back In Black”“For Those About To Rock” and “Ballbreaker”. The roadcase box set edition included a seventh AC/DC collectors coin. Four years ago, the Royal Australian Mint celebrated AC/DC‘s 45th anniversary by releasing a similar series.

AC/DC‘s latest studio album, “Power Up”, came out in November 2020. The follow-up to 2014’s “Rock Or Bust” featured AC/DC‘s reunited lineup of AngusBrian Johnson (vocals),Phil Rudd (drums),Cliff Williams (bass) and Stevie Young (guitar). Johnson and Williams both left in 2016 for health reasons; and Rudd was sidelined in 2015 with various legal issues.

“Power Up” was recorded over a six-week period in August and September 2018 at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with producer Brendan O’Brien, who also worked 2008’s “Black Ice” and 2014’s “Rock Or Bust”.

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