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Anzac coin becomes legal tender
by www.news-mail.com.au

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 campaign.

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 Tuesday.

Attending the event were representatives of the mint, the Returned Services League and former and serving soldiers.


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