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World War One was truly a global conflict. Australia sent 330,000 men to support Britain. The heroism and comradeship shown by our troops during the war, and especially at Gallipoli, had a profound effect on Australia's feeling of 'nationhood'.

 

  • First-ever military One Dollar coin minted by the Royal Australia Mint

  • Simpson and His Donkey motif

  • Low mintage release

  • Magnificent presentation
     

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About this coin

World War One was truly a global conflict. Australia sent 330,000 men to support Britain. The heroism and comradeship shown by our troops during the war, and especially at Gallipoli, had a profound effect on Australia’s feeling of ‘nationhood’. Australia’s first military commemorative coin ever was a large five dollar coin of 1990 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. This is joined by a second coin, a one dollar commemorative coin from 1999 in tribute to the last surviving ANZACs, and this was the first Australian one dollar coin commemorating our proud military history. This set pays tribute to Australia’s ANZACs by bringing together Australia’s first two coins produced to commemorate them. Coin 1 - The 1990 FIVE DOLLAR FOR THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF GALLIPOLI It’s hard to imagine, but until the year 1990 Australia had never issued a coin to commemorate our proud military heritage! In that year a large five dollar $5 coin was produced in aluminium bronze with a design depicting Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded mate to safety. Many people are unaware this coin was released as only 77,434 were minted. Coin 2 - THE 1999 ONE DOLLAR TRIBUTE TO THE LAST ANZACS In 1999, just before ANZAC Day, the mint produced a one dollar coin in tribute to the last ANZACs. The mint announced the coin, saying: “It is more than 80 years since the ANZACs fought for our heritage - sadly there are only three original ANZACs still living. We will never forget them. The Royal Australian Mint will help us remember with the release of a special commemorative $1”. The coin design depicts an ANZAC Soldier in a slouch hat - young, courageous and proud. This is the first time a military theme appeared on an Australian one dollar coin making it of great interest to collectors.
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