Portraying the remarkable story of Australia’s involvement in World War I, the Perth Mint on Monday introduced three products under a new five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series.
Released from the program are the ANZAC Spirit 2014 "To Our Last Man" 1/4 Oz Gold Proof Coin, the ANZAC Spirit 2014 Declaration of War 1 Oz Silver Proof Coin, and the ANZAC Spirit 2014 1/2 Oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set. All three products are available in limited mintages and are struck from 99.99% pure gold or 99.9% pure silver.
"I would like to acknowledge The Perth Mint and its contribution to the community as it honors the sacrifice and selflessness of our military, whose camaraderie and spirit was forged with the original ANZACs," the Honorable Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, said during an unveiling ceremony for the new ANZAC coins as he visited the Western Australian War Memorial.
The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series launches 100 years after Britain declared war on Germany in 1914. The program is scheduled to run until 2018, and will portray different designs emblematic of Australia’s involvement in World War I.
"Today (4 Aug.), we continue our commitment to honor the ANZACs – from the first Australian and New Zealand soldiers who came together at Gallipoli, to all the men and women who continue to serve our two countries," Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director Ron Currie added.
Summary information about the three ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series products is offered below.
ANZAC Spirit 2014 "To Our Last Man" 1/4 Oz Gold Proof Coin
Shown on the reverse of the 1/2 ounce gold proof coin is a boy watching Australian soldiers marching by the Albany coastline. King George’s Sound appears in the background along with a convoy of ships. A red poppy motif adds to the design.
Each purchase includes a black and red display case with the words ‘Pride’, ‘Respect’, and ‘Gratitude’. Coins arrive in an illustrated shipper with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Mintage of the gold ANZAC coin is limited to 1,000 with pricing of AUS $631.82 (~US $588.62).
ANZAC Spirit 2014 Declaration of War 1 Oz Silver Proof Coin
Offered on the reverse of the 1 ounce silver proof coin is a group of soldiers as they march beneath a representation of Britannia. Adding to the image is the inscription ‘1914 – When the Empire is at War, so is Australia at War.’
The coin is available for AUS $90.00 (~US $83.85). Coins are also presented inside a black and red display case with the words ‘Pride’, ‘Respect’, and ‘Gratitude’. Mintage of the silver proof is limited to 7,500.
ANZAC Spirit 2014 1/2 Oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set
The three coins of the set portray a different reverse selectively enhanced with color. These coins feature designs emblematic of ‘Answering the Call,’ ‘Farewell to Family’ and ‘Australia’s First Action.’ A red poppy motif also enhances each image.
A round plastic tray is included to house the coins. Mintage of the three-coin set is limited to 5,000 with 2,500 reserved for subscribers of all five 2014-2018 ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Three-Coin Sets. Pricing of the first set is AUS $171.82 (~US $160.07).