Surfing coin: Stephanie Gilmore's value has now increased

Surfing Australia has released an official collector's coin to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

The governing body for surfing in Australia was founded in 1963 as the Australian Surfriders Association.

The official launch of Surfing Australia's 50th year anniversary will be held on November 21 at the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club in Sydney.

"Surfing Australia has made such a great contribution to Australia's sporting fabric and has produced so many great surfing champions – so this new coin is well-deserved recognition of Surfing Australia's achievements," said Wayne Swan, Deputy Prime Minister, who opened the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, in Casuarina, in June.

The uncirculated coins are each packaged with their own unique surfboard-shaped coin holder. The holder features an image of five-time world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore.

"It truly is an honor to be involved with the Australian Government and Surfing Australia in this coin," Gilmore said.

"Thank you so much for choosing my image for the packaging."

The Australian surfing roots began in 1915 when Hawaiian legend Duke Kahanamoku introduced surfboard riding in the country at Freshwater Beach.

Today, there are 2.5 million recreational surfers in Australia.

"Surfing Australia has a rich history, and it's an honor to have an important milestone as our 50th Anniversary etched in such a significant way," underlined Andrew Stark, Surfing Australia Chief Executive Officer.

The surfing coin was designed by Aleksandra Stoki from the Royal Australian Mint and focuses on the surfer, the wave, and the surfboard.

The coin is available for sale for $9.

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