While America notably avoided World War I for several years, other
countries like Australia were quicker to join the fight.
A new collector coin from Niue Island, issued through coin
distributor Downies, marks the centennial of Australia’s joining the
war effort. The Proof 2014 .999 fine silver $10 coin weighs 5 ounces
and was struck by the Swiss company PAMP.
According to Downies, the outbreak of World War I was greeted with
considerable enthusiasm in Australia. Even before Britain declared war
on Germany on Aug. 4, 1914, Australia pledged its support alongside
other states of the British Empire and almost immediately began
preparations to send forces overseas to participate in the conflict.
The centennial commemorative coin’s reverse features a soldier
boarding a ship from the first convoy of soldiers from Australia and
New Zealand, who set sail from King George Sound in Albany, Western
Australia, Nov. 1, 1914.
The obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Each coin has individual numbering on the edge, matching its
certificate of authenticity, and measures 65 millimeters in diameter.
The mintage limit is 500 pieces.
The coin was released April 1 and retails for $485 (U.S. and Australian).
Order from Downies online at www.downies.com or telephone the
firm toll free to 877-897-7696.