The Canowindra Country Education Foundation and Canowindra Historical Society and Museum have struck gold.
They are among dozens of local charities and not-for-profit organisations across Blayney, Cabonne, and Orange who will benefit from funds raised when one-ounce gold coins made from gold mined at Newmont's Cadia Valley Operations (Cadia) are auctioned this month.
The limited-edition coins have been commissioned by Cadia to celebrate 25 years of mining in the Cadia district.
Thirty-seven of the coins will go up for auction online via Macquarie Auction Group this month with bidding closing on Thursday, December 14.
The coins are being auctioned commission-free, with the full proceeds being donated to the local charity or not-for-profit organisation.
The remaining three coins will be auctioned directly by Housing Plus, Ronald McDonald House Charities Central West and the Torie Finnane Foundation at their annual fundraising events in 2024.
Cadia General Manager Tom Lukeman expects there will be a lot of interest in the coins, particularly from the local region.
"This is a unique opportunity for people to purchase their own piece of Cadia gold while supporting some amazing local causes," Tom said.
"The coin also marks an important milestone in the history of the region with Cadia celebrating its 25-year anniversary last month."
While each gold coin will have a reserve price, the community is encouraged to dig deep at the auctions to support their local charity/organisation of choice.
The coin design features a Caterpillar 793C haul truck representing open-cut mining at Cadia Hill and an underground loader representing underground mining at Ridgeway and Cadia East, with the added design features of the stockpile and conveyors representing the processing of gold and other metals since 1998.
Find the online auction link at; https://macquarieauction.bidsonline.com.au/catalogue-group.aspx?chid=21714&BID