This set represents the annual
release by the Royal Australian Mint of Australia's circulating coins. The
1996 Mint set pays tribute to Sir Henry Parkes, regarded by most Australians
as the 'Father of Federation. Imposing in
stature and a fiery orator, Sir Henry Parkes is a central figure in the
history of Australian politics. Although he died five years before
Federation in 1900, Parkes was one of the most vigorous and eloquent
advocates for the Commonwealth of Australia.