Today's the day you can get the new $5 coin - but there's a new limit

Here's how you can get your hands on the colourful coin.

Uluru and $5 Australian Heritage Properties Sites coin.
A new $5 coin has been released today featuring Australia's world heritage sites. (Source: Getty/Royal Australian Mint)

You can now purchase a new Aussie $5 coin celebrating Australia's natural and built heritage, but expect to pay more than it's "worth".

Last week the Royal Australian Mint announced it would release the frosted $5 uncirculated coin which features all 20 of Australia's world heritage locations.

After huge demand and "feedback from coin collectors", the mint had to reduce the purchase limit to one.

The design, by Tony Dean, includes sites like the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, Willandra Lakes Region, the Sydney Opera House, K’gari and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

These images frame a full-colour, central image of a handprint, fan palm frond and a shell fossil to represent the natural and built icons and Australia’s Indigenous heritage.

The coin also features Queen Elizabeth II’s memorial obverse, designed by renowned British engraver Jody Clark.

$5 Australian Heritage Properties Sites coin
The uncirculated coin is legal tender. (Source: Royal Australian Mint)

Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury Andrew Leigh said World Heritage status helped to protect and publicise the existence of these extraordinary sites.

“As Australians, we’re fortunate to live in a country with so much natural beauty,” Leigh said.

“By celebrating Australia’s World Heritage sites through this collectible coin, the Royal Australian Mint is doing its bit to help spread the word about our magnificent natural and built heritage.”

How to get the new coin

The $5 Australian Heritage Properties Sites coin can not be purchased on the mint's coin shop.

You can grab one through the Mint's Call Centre or the coin shop on site.

If you're not in the nation's capital, you can purchase one at Australia Post or NewsXpress.

The collectible coin retails for $30 and will also be available from the gift shops at the World Heritage sites that feature the coin.

The coin is legal tender but is not intended for general circulation.

New coins

It’s not the only coin to be released recently celebrating iconic Aussie sites.

The mint released a set of coins to celebrate the Sydney Opera House earlier this year, as well as a limited range of $2 coins featuring Vegemite toast and jars to celebrate 100 features of the iconic spread.

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