YOU'LL now be able to carry a piece of country music in your pocket with you everywhere you go.
The impact and success of the Tamworth Country Music Festival (TCMF) has been recognised in silver and gold by the Royal Australian Mint (RAM).
The 50 cent coin has undergone a makeover to feature a stage, the golden guitar and the road to the country music capital.
RAM Chief Executive Officer Leigh Gordon said honouring the festival was a no brainer for the mint, considering its role as a launchpad for many Australian country music artists for five decades.
"I really think it's a great organisation to consider given that it's really firmly set in the community of Tamworth," he said.
TCMF Manager Barry Harley said the coin was an "incredible symbol of achievement" and recognition for all the hard work that had gone into the festival.
"It just brings home the immense amount of effort and work that has been made by hundreds and hundreds of people to make the festival what it is today," Mr Harley said.
"It will serve to broaden people's understanding of how important the festival is, but more importantly, just sort of institutionalise the festival."
The coins were unveiled at the Royal Mint in Canberra on Thursday, which marked the first live event for the Mint in many months due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Mr Gordon urged anyone who wanted to take home a piece of country music history to move fast, as he expected the coins to be incredibly popular amongst collectors and music fans.
The coins are available for purchase at the Mint's online store.
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