Today marks the 800th anniversary of the creation of Magna Carta - a document that has formed the foundation of democracy across Western civilisation. As part of the anniversary celebrations, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, together with Bronwyn Bishop, Bill Shorten, Royal Australian Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid and other dignitaries, are marking the occasion with a special event at Parliament House.
In his speech about the famous document, Tony Abbott described Magna Carta as "the most important constitutional document of all time" and a "foundation of liberty".
A charter of the original Magna Carta was created in 1297 by King Edward I. It is this charter which now sits in Parliament House in Canberra, after being aquired in 1952 by then Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies.
As a symbol of the importance of Magna Carta to the lives of every Australian, today's celebration also includes the giving of the special rectangular-shaped coin - issued to mark the Magna Carta anniversary - to students of Boggabri Public School in NSW.
The coin was struck by the Royal Australian Mint and is the first rectangular coin the mint has issued in it's 50 years of operation. To further enhance and emphasise the theme of the anniversary being marked, the coin has been treated with a special antiquing process to give it a unique and eye-catching look, vastly different from almost every other commemorative coin issued through the RAM.
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