The Royal Australian Mint have launched (1st January) their first new coin for 2015 during one of the Mint’s most highly anticipated annual events in Canberra. The new design honors the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign and the role of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) in 1915 and will be a part of the Mint’s Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program. For this centennial anniversary, the Mint’s coin designers have worked alongside the Australian War Memorial to produce the coins marking the Anzac Centenary and taken a great deal of pride in capturing the sombre but important period on coin designs such as this one.
The 2015 $1 ‘C’ Mintmark Uncirculated Coin – Anzac Centenary is the first coin released for the year when Australia marks 100 years since Gallipoli. Each year, the 25th April is remembered by Australian and New Zealand troops who came ashore on Gallipoli, as part of a wider British effort to seize control of the Turkish peninsula and the Dardanelles.
The coin’s reverse design includes background depictions of the coastline along the Gallipoli Peninsula, in the foreground soldiers stand sentinel as a buglers sounds the Last Post. A cross is formed within the design, as a symbol of the lost and a link to the war cemeteries of the First World War, where many Australians were interred after having fallen in battle. The obverse includes the effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and in use on Australian circulation and commemorative coins since 1999.
|1 Dollar||Aluminium-bronze||9 grams||25 mm||UNC||unlimited|
|1 Dollar||.999 silver||11.6 grams||25 mm.||Proof||12,500 pieces|
|10 Dollars||.999 gold||3.1 grams||17.5 mm.||Proof||2500 pieces|
The coins produced on the Mint’s public gallery press will also include a ‘C’ for Canberra mintmark on the design denoting that that coin was made at the Mint. Along with the gallery press coin, the Mint is also releasing two other coins featuring the Anzac Centenary design in precious gold and silver.
The ‘C’ for Canberra Gallery Press coin is only available by visiting the Mint in Canberra, other coins in the Anzac Centenary range are available via the Mint’s eShop. Both precious metal versions are packaged in the Royal Australian Mint’s latest presentation cases with printing reflecting the theme of remembrance with emotive imagery.
For more information on these and other coins offered by the Royal Australian Mint, please visit their website at: https://eshop.ramint.gov.au/New-Releases/0.aspx Information offered in English, international orders dispatched with purchase prices exempt of Australian National sales tax for overseas orders.