COINCRYPTION : Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many of the ASIO 70 Anniversary 50c coins have been produced?
A: There is a mintage of 20,000 of the 2019 ASIO 70th Anniversary Uncirculated 50c Coin.

Q: What is the significance and rationale behind the ASIO 50c coin design?
A: The ASIO 70th Anniversary 2019 50c Uncirculated Coin is the first coin ever produced by the Mint to include secret symbols to discover and a coded message to break. The coin design includes a unique ‘One-Time Pad’ list of random letters that were used by operatives during the Cold War, to encrypt and decode secret messages.

Q: Does the ASIO coin feature the new or old effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II?
A: This coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The new effigy of the Queen will be gradually introduced on to Australia’s coinage throughout 2019.

Q: How can people get their hands on the new coins?
A: These coins are available for purchase on the Mint’s eShop, onsite retail shop and through the Mint’s authorised coin distributors.

Q: Has the Mint produced any products in the past similar to this one?
A: No, this is the first time the Mint has ever produced a coin featuring an encrypted message on the coin.

Q: How many of the proof coins will be produced?
A: Only one proof coin will be produced.

Q: Will the proof coin come in special packaging?
A: Yes, the proof coin comes in a special box with Certificate of Authenticity and packaging identifying it as the prize for this competition.

Q: Can I purchase a proof coin?
A: No, only one proof coin has been minted specifically as a prize for this competition.

Q: How do I decipher the message on the coin?
A: To decipher the message you will need your ASIO 70th Anniversary 2019 50c Uncirculated Coin and the One-Time Pad and One-Time Pad Conversion Table (both of which will come with your coin if purchased through the Mint’s e-Shop, provided at time of purchase if purchased through the Mint’s retail shop or accessible through the Coincryption website.. Instructions on how to decipher the code are found on the competition website – Coincryption.com.au

Q: The message on the coin follows a three column layout but the One-Time Pad is set out in four columns. How do I match the message on the coin with the One-Time Pad?
A: To help you out, we have converted the message on the coin into a four column layout to match the One-Time Pad. See below:

UWGJM MNLQH DFREA JZLHI

GGHHQ UTUJN GNKYF VNVLQ

MZZRQ TLBTA OSZHU PKWKV

FZDTX VTYGV UIOKQ IYQNU

TWUWB DYOLF AXMPD GMRTY

NZGIS GUQXN AEOMI HWBKE

Q: Can I enter the competition more than once?
A: No, entrants can only enter once and in their own name. Entrants who provide incorrect, misleading or fraudulent information are ineligible to participate in the Competition. All entries from an Entrant who is deemed by the Promoter to have provided incorrect, misleading or fraudulent information may, at the discretion of the Promoter, be deemed invalid.

Q: What if I bought my coin from someone else other than the Royal Australian Mint?
A: Only people who purchase the ASIO 70th Anniversary 2019 50c Uncirculated Coin from the Royal Australian Mint or one of its authorised coin distributors will be eligible to win. The winner of the competition will need to provide proof of purchase from the Royal Australian Mint or one of its authorised coin distributors, with the transaction dated between 9 September and 2 December 2019.

Q: Why is ASIO celebrating its 70th anniversary?
A: The purpose of ASIO’s 70th anniversary program is to motivate, celebrate and commemorate 70 years of ASIO being at the heart of Australia’s national security.

Q: What is the role of ASIO?
A: ASIO’s purpose is to protect Australia and its interest from threats to security, through intelligence collection and assessment, and provide advice to government, government agencies and business.

Q: Where can I find out more about ASIO?
A: Visit www.asio.gov.au

Q: I’ve registered on the competition website but I haven’t received an email confirming by registration. How do I know that I’ve registered successfully?
A: When you hit the ‘submit’ button on the coincryption.com.au registration page, a pop-up screen will appear to confirm your registration.

Q: The registration form asks for a receipt number. Where do I find this?
A: To enter the competition you must purchase a coin from the Royal Australian Mint or one of its authorised coin distributors between 9 September and 2 December. If you have purchased your coin from the Mint’s retail shop or one of the Mint’s authorised coin distributors then you would have received a receipt with your purchase. We’ve included below a copy of the Mint’s sample receipt for your reference. The number you need to include in the registration page has been highlighted for you. Enter all letters and numbers (no spaces or dashes to be included).

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Q: The registration form asks for an order number. Where do I find this?
A: To enter the competition you must purchase a coin from the Mint between 9 September and 2 December. If you have purchased your coin from the Mint’s e-shop then you will receive a receipt with your coin at point of delivery. We’ve included below a copy of a sample order form for your reference. The number you need to include in the registration page has been highlighted for you. Enter all numbers.

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