Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 403. Updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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Mint strikes first Anzac Centenary coin

The Royal Australian Mint has unveiled a significant new triangular $5 collectible coin -

the first from the Anzac Centenary Coin Program.

Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint, Ross MacDiarmid said the coin commemorated the Centenary of the First World War, and paid tribute to those who had served and sacrificed for Australia in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Mr MacDiarmid said the Royal Australian Mint had partnered with the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Australian War Memorial for the 2014-2018 Anzac Centenary period, to produce a collection of commemorative coins.

He said the 2014 $5 Silver Proof Triangular Lest We Forget Coin was the first of a program of coins to mark significant events and dates from Australia's military history.

Mr MacDiarmid said the Mint was proud to play a part during this commemorative period to help Australians reflect upon the nation's experience of war.

Triangular $5 unveiled

"As Australia looks to pay tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the new triangular Lest We Forget coin will help tell the story of this pivotal period in our young nation's history," he said.

Mr MacDiarmid said the coin featured poppies known for flourishing amid the desolation of war and between the graves of the fallen, set against a sunset over the low-rolling hills of the Western Front.

He said the words within read, "At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Steven Ciobo said that the Mint's Anzac Centenary Coin Program honoured the courageous servicemen and women who served and sacrificed for Australia.

"This is a fitting way to pay homage to all Australians who served in not only the First World War, but over a century of service," Mr Ciobo said.

With only 10,000 available, the 2014 $5 Silver Proof Triangular Lest We Forget Coin is available now from the Mint's eShop, Contact Centre on 1300 652 020 or in store at the Royal Australian Mint, Deakin.

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