Jan 302015
 

The Perth Mint is proud to present two important additions to The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series:

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Both coins commemorate the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand troops who fought alongside British, other Empire and allied forces on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. Further, they recognise the significance of the Gallipoli campaign as an important founding legend and as a symbol of national identity in both antipodean nations.


In late 1914, fighting on the Western Front in France had reached a stalemate. Senior British political and military figures thought that the pressure in western Europe could be eased by attacking the Central Powers, comprising Germany and her allies, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), in the eastern Mediterranean.

The British Admiralty decided upon a naval assault on the Turkish capital of Constantinople by a fleet of British and French ships which would force their way through the Dardanelles into the Sea of Marmora, with the aim of assisting Russia in her fight against the Turks, and to open Russia’s Black Sea ports to the Mediterranean.

After the navy was unable to breach the Turkish defence, it was decided to send infantry against the enemy’s shore batteries. A combined Allied force known as the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force was formed to launch a series of amphibious assaults on the Gallipoli peninsula. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) was ordered to land at Ari Burnu on the western side of the peninsula, while larger British and French landings were to take place further south at Cape Helles, and in a feint, on the opposite shore at Kum Kale.

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25 April 1915: Australian troops leave a transport ship, by means of rope ladders, for the landing at Anzac Cove. Australian War Memorial – J05589

Before dawn on Saturday 25 April 1915, the Anzacs were transferred from their transports to the landing boats that would take them to the beach. Survivors remembered it was a still night, with hardly a breath of wind. To maintain the element of surprise for as long as possible, troops and sailors were ordered to remain silent as they left the transports and approached the shore.

Troops of the 2nd Brigade landing at Troops of the 2nd Brigade landing at Anzac Beach, Gallipoli. Australian War Memorial - P10140.005

Troops of the 2nd Brigade, AIF landing at Anzac Beach, Gallipoli. Australian War Memorial – P10140.005

The first boats were almost ashore when the Turks opened fire. Some men were killed before they even reached the beach. The landing had taken place further north than expected, at what would later become known as Anzac Cove, and instead of coming ashore on a gently sloping beach, the troops were confronted with steep cliffs and a warren of ridges and gullies.

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Anzac Beach packed with Australian soldiers and supplies with more arriving in small boats. Australian War Memorial – H03574

Despite the chaos, the Anzacs persevered under increasingly heavy fire, attempting to negotiate their way up the cliffs and onto the ridges that formed their early objectives. By nightfall they had established a precarious beachhead but had suffered the loss of more than 2,000 men killed and wounded.

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The 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade going into the trenches at Pope’s Hill. Australian War Memorial – P00332.001

Over the next week, fighting continued to rage. By early May a stalemate had ensued. The Anzacs could make no progress inland and the Turks could not dislodge them. An attempt to break the stalemate in August failed, and with progress proving impossible, the Anzacs were evacuated in December 1915.

By the end of the Gallipoli campaign more than 10,000 Australian and New Zealand troops had lost their lives and some 18,000 had been wounded. The bodies of many of the fallen were never found, and the hills and gullies above Anzac Cove became their final resting place.

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Three Australian Army soldiers attending to a wounded comrade at Gallipoli. Australian War Memorial – H10369

Gallipoli was considered a costly military failure, but from this defeat the Anzac legend was born. The Anzacs had earned an enduring place in the Australian psyche, creating an incredible story of courage and endurance in the face of death and despair.

Gallipoli was the first major test for the newly federated Australian nation. People believed that in the Dardanelles, Australia’s soldiers laid the foundation for a lasting sense of national identity.

New Coin details

Making-of-a-nationMaking of a Nation 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this coin depicts Australian troops in wooden row boats approaching the Gallipoli shoreline, with its rugged terrain in the background. The design includes the inscription ‘Making of a Nation’.

No more than 7,500 of these coins will be released.

 

BaptismofFire_coin-caseBaptism of Fire 2015 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin

Struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, this coin depicts Anzac soldiers as they battled to scale the cliffs above Anzac Cove. The design includes the inscription 1915 – BAPTISM OF FIRE.

No more than 100 of these coins will be released.

Produced in association with the Australian War Memorial

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Jan 302015
 

In ancient Greek mythology, Hera was the wife of Zeus and Goddess of women and marriage. In tribute to Hera, The Perth Mint has issued a rimless, high relief, antiqued coin made from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver.

This clip offers insights into the the processes used to strike, clip and apply the special antique finish to each coin in the mintage of just 2,000. Individually applied by hand, antiquing adds deep tone with a unique grained effect on the surface of each coin for an aged appearance.

Goddesses of Olympus – Hera 2015 2oz Silver High Relief Coin

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Nov 042014
 

Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey, and with a wingspan of up to 2.7 metres, one of the biggest eagles in the world.

Identified by its long, wedge-shaped tail and feathered legs, the majestic bird is known to soar through the sky for hours on end, frequently reaching altitudes of up to 20,000 metres.

The Perth Mint is proud to issue this beautiful high relief coin featuring John Mercanti’s masterly portrayal of a Wedge-Tailed Eagle preparing to land. Made from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, the magnificent tribute to Australia’s iconic eagle has a maximum mintage of just 1,000.


Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2014 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin

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Jul 032014
 

Australian Kangaroo silver coinRepresenting the very best in minting excellence, this proof quality coin is struck from 99.9% pure silver in spectacular high relief, and features an adult kangaroo in outback Australia.

With a limited issue of 19,000, the Australian legal tender release is housed in individual presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

For your chance to win this stunning coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: three different names for a group of kangaroos

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘July 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 31 July 2014. 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: Lorraine Wallis of WA, for the correct answer ‘The Acacia Tree’

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Apr 012014
 

2014HRKookaEach struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, just 9,000 of these stunning 2014 High Relief Kookaburras will be released in individual presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

For your chance to win this superb coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: What two places does a kookaburra like to build its nest?

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How to enter:
Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘April 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 5 May 2014. 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: Glenda Leisemann of QLD for the correct answer of ‘Jack, Boomer, Buck’.