The circulating coin is being released as part of the Royal Australian Mint’s Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program where a collection of commemorative coins capture the history, service and sacrifice of Australians at war. The newest coloured coin entered public circulation on Monday 20 April 2015, and is only the fourth coloured coin to ever enter circulation in Australia.
The special coin, designed and produced by the Royal Australian Mint, depicts a centrally sculpted and emotive design. It features poppies, symbolic of remembrance, amongst crosses used to honour the fallen and mark the graves of unknown heroes. Inspired by the poppy, the distinctive and powerful red coloured print encapsulates the solemn words?Lest We Forget ‘.
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Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, said the Anzac Centenary is one of the most significant periods of commemorations for Australia so it is fitting to see this theme on a coin at this poignant time.
There will be approximately one and a half million coins released into circulation over the coming weeks which will provide an opportunity for the public to be able to secure a keepsake for the Centenary without having to purchase one, said Mr Tehan.
The poppy red colour print which features on the coin makes it even more special and symbolic attracting the public’s attention and encouraging them to find out more about the significance and commemoration of those who served and made sacrifices for our country.
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, the Hon Kelly O’dwyer MP, said that the Royal Australian Mint is one of two mints in the world which produces colour print on circulating coins and that Mint has worked hard to ensure the integrity of the design is upheld.
The Mint has taken a lot of care in creating such a beautiful design that’s appropriate to mark such a significant national event like the Anzac Centenary. It is a beautiful piece, said Ms O’dwyer.
To view images of this coin please visit www.ramint.gov.au/media/press-releases/2015/20150419.cfm
For more information about the Royal Australian Mint’s Official Anzac Centenary Program please see: www.ramint.gov.au/designs/products/ACCP_info.cfm
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