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To honour those who have died as a consequence of war, Australians are encouraged to observe one minute’s silence as the clock strikes the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month – the moment the guns fells silent on the Western Front in 1918.

The observance takes place in other Allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States. But how did the tradition originate?

Edward George Honey has been credited as the first person to suggest a period of silence in which to remember the fallen.

Born in St Kilda, Melbourne, Honey was an Australian journalist who worked in Fleet Street after World War I. In May 1919, he wrote to the London Evening News appealing for a five-minute silence to mark the first anniversary of the Armistice.

A few months later, Sir James Percy FitzPatrick suggested to the British Cabinet a complete suspension of normal activity for two minutes during which everyone could focus on reverent remembrance.

King George V responded to Sir James’ call by asking countries of the British Empire “to stand still in solemn remembrance of the dead, who died that the world might be free.”

Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day in 1946 to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. The custom of a short silence remains integral to Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout the Commonwealth, and in Australia on ANZAC Day.

Honey is recognized in Australia as the originator of the idea on a memorial plaque in central Melbourne, which records “Edward George Honey… A Melbourne journalist who, while living in London, first suggested the solemn ceremony of silence, now observed in all British countries in remembrance of those who died in war”.

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At 11am on 11 November we will observe a minute silence to reflect on the sacrifice of those who have died for Australia in wars and conflicts. The timing coincides with the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front in 1918.

This month, we’re offering you a chance to win The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series 2014 1/2oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set which commemorates Australia’s entry into the First World War. Try solving our latest anagram for your chance to win this remarkable set of coins which was developed in conjunction with the Australian War Memorial.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘November 2016 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 28 November 2016. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Sacha Pech of SA for the correct answer of All Saints Eve.

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This November marks the release of some important coins for dedicated collectors of our iconic Australian programs.

Celebrating the Year of the Rooster, the Australian Lunar Coin Series reaches new heights with the release of the 2017 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin.

Also available this month is the 1oz Silver Gilded Coin featuring a rooster superbly coated in pure gold.

Two outstanding versions of the 2016 Australian Kangaroo in the shape of the 2oz High Relief Gold Proof Coin and the 5oz High Relief Silver Proof Coin make their spectacular debuts.

And in one of the highlights of the year, the 2016 Australian High Relief Silver Proof Three-Coin Collection is finally here!

Meanwhile, for gift buyers with newborns in mind, the Baby Rooster 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin is a gorgeous memento.

The final Cubs 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin coin portrays a cute image of lynx kittens.

The latest Australian Citizenship $1 Coin in Card is a great gift for everyone becoming a true Aussie in 2017.

Finally, with Christmas catching up with us all once again, the Three Wise Men Stamp & Coin Cover certainly catches the spirit.

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