Anzac coin becomes legal tender
THE Perth Mint has issued Australia's first
legal tender Anzac "shrapnel" - a $1 coin to
commemorate this year's Anzac Day.
The coin will be minted annually under a new
program to honour Australian service men and
women who have served since the 1915 Gallipoli
The first of the coins features an ageing digger
with a child on his knee, framed by a bugler and
the theme words "Lest We Forget".
Perth Mint executive officer Ed Harbuz said in
coming years the coin would be changed to
reflect the contribution of all the armed
services, including auxiliaries such as nurses.
He said the unrestricted legal tender program
would complement the mint's limited releases
including the Australians at War Coin and
Medallion tribute set and the Australian and New
Zealand Army Corps 90th anniversary series.
"With an unrestricted mintage, the new coin
provides as many people as possible with the
opportunity to acquire an official Australian
numismatic tribute," he said.
Superannuation and Corporate Law Minister Nick
Sherry unveiled the coin at a ceremony near the
State War Memorial in Perth's Kings Park on
Attending the event were representatives of the
mint, the Returned Services League and former
and serving soldiers.
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