The New Zealand Post have launched two new coins to mark the centennial of one of the most crucial battles undertaken during the First World War, that of the Battle of Gallipoli. In 1915 New Zealand’s role in the First World War reached a new level. In near-impossible conditions, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force took part in the Gallipoli campaign alongside our Australian neighbors when approximately 12,000 New Zealanders would arrive to fight in an ambitious but unsuccessful campaign. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was formed and the spirit of Anzac lives on today. As part of the First World War memorial five year program, New Zealand Post will issue legal tender commemorative coins.
The silver coin: The reverse design depicts the landing of New Zealand troops on the Gallipoli peninsula on 25 April 1915, at a beach that would later become known as Anzac Cove. In the foreground, a New Zealand soldier carries a wounded Australian soldier to safety, highlighting the hardship of the Gallipoli campaign. This coin is also included in the four coin commemorative set in which the countries of Australia, Great Britain and Turkey are represented and launched during the World Money Fair last month by the Royal Australian Mint.
The Gold coin: The reverse design of this coin tells the story of Cyril Bassett, the first New Zealand recipient of the Victoria Cross in the First World War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during the assault on Chunuk Bair, in which he exhibited heroism in laying down and maintaining telephone lines between headquarters and the front lines. Cyril Bassett was the only New Zealander in the New Zealand Forces to be awarded the Victoria Cross for actions during the Gallipoli campaign. The Victoria Cross is pictured in the foreground of the coin, with Cyril pictured laying telephone lines in the background.
Both coins include a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and in use on New Zealand coinage since 2000 along with the year of issue “2015”. Both coins are struck at the Royal Australian Mint on behalf of New Zealand post in proof quality.
|1 Dollar||.999 silver||31 grams||40 mm.||Proof||5500 pieces|
|10 Dollars||.999 Gold||7.7 grams||21.6 mm.||Proof||550 pieces|
These two coins are issued as part of the second installment of the New Zealand Post’s commemorative coin program. An assortment of commemorative stamps and books is also available.
For more information on these and other coins on offer by New Zealand Post, please visit their website at: https://stamps.nzpost.co.nz/ww1/world-war-one-spirit-of-anzac Information offered in English, international orders dispatched.