Feb 022016
 

Australian troops arrived on the Somme in mid-July 1916 and played a major role in the fighting around Pozieres and Mouquet Farm, part of the hugely costly WWI offensive that lasted until November. This month The Perth Mint pays tribute to those who fought and died in this deadly conflagration with a new addition to The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series featuring a superbly detailed representation of soldiers charging out of the trenches.

Also in the February Bulletin:

A new addition to the fascinating Australian Posters of World War I silver coin series reflects how artists of the era helped boost funds for the ongoing military effort. The War Bonds release features emotive artwork that was designed to inspire Australians back home to do their part to financially support the War.

The military theme continues with a new WWII release, this time marking the 75th anniversary of the Seige of Tobruk. Australians played a leading role in the defence of the Libyan port city through much of 1941 in the face of an enormous Axis campaign. Derided as ‘rats in a trap’, the troops nevertheless took pride in the slur by which they are famously remembered – the Rats of Tobruk.

Featuring a unique ‘antique’ finish, our latest high relief coin features a national treasure – the kangaroo. Struck from 2oz of pure silver, the detail on this stunning release includes a profusion of native flora.

In quick succession to last month’s Snugglepot & Cuddlepie silver coin, we’re also delighted to present the 100th Anniversary of the Gumnut Babies silver coin featuring another example of May Gibbs’ glorious artwork. This special coin is housed in a limited edition book featuring many of her popular stories.

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