The first of the coins to be produced and released for the coin series for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games is the Queen's Baton Relay $5.00 Bronze Uncirculated Coin. The Queen's Baton is incorportaed onto the design, which is also the logo of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. The design also includes the Prince's Bridge, which runs over the Yarra River in Melbourne.The Queen's Baton Relay has been a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games since 1958. The Baton carries Her Majesty's message to the athletes from Buckingham Palace, London, to the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.This baton will travel more than 180,000 kilometres and visit all 71 Nations of the Commonwealth in one year and one day – making the Melbourne 2006 Queens Baton Relay the worlds longest, most inclusive relay.
The baton will be carried across the globe - over land, air and sea - by thousands of relay runners and on many different modes of transport. The revolutionary baton contains state-of-the-art technical features, including two tiny ‘baton cam cameras, a microphone and a global positioning system to track the batons location at all times.
The Bronze Uncirculated coin is housed in a strikingly designed three fold wallet style card.
The coin is selectively frosted to futher enhance the features of the design.