Sir Jack Brabham honoured with Australian coin

Sir Jack Brabham’s contribution to motorsport has been honoured by the Royal Australian Mint, with the release of a commemorative 50 cent coin.

Sir Jack Brabham honoured with Australian coin
Sir Jack Brabham Royal Australian Mint coloured uncirculated coin
(L to R): Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, Jenson Button, McLaren, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, and Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, pay their respects to Sir Jack Brabham, on the grid
Sir Jack Brabham
Jack Brabham, Brabham BT24 Repco
Jack Brabham, Brabham BT24 Repco

Just over five decades six Brabham won the third of his three World Championships, the Mint has unveiled a special edition coloured 50 cent coin featuring Jack’s likeness and the Brabham BT19 car that took him to the 1966 title.

“Sir Jack Brabham was not only a superb racing car driver but he was also an innovative engineer and pioneer, paving the way forward for motorsports,” said Royal Australian Mint Chief Executive Officer Ross MacDiarmid.

“As we enter the 2017 Formula 1 season, this coin celebrates one of the world’s motor racing greats and his remarkable achievements, on and off the track.”

There will only be 30,000 of the coins minted, and they won’t be into circulations, instead retailing for $13.50.

According to David Brabham, the commemorative coin is a touching tribute to the late Brabham Senior.

“To have our father recognised through a commemorative coin by an iconic national institution, the Royal Australian Mint, is really special and very important in carrying the Brabham legacy as my father’s achievements are likely to never be repeated with today’s technology replacing hands-on experience,” said Brabham.

“This coin encourages us all to share the Brabham legacy and recognise what is possible if you put your heart, soul and mind into it just like Jack, a pioneer of his time.”

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