sacrifice of war isn’t confined to the front lines.
new Proof .999 fine silver $1 from the Perth Mint serves as a reminder
of a facet of the homefront effort.
new Australian $1 coin, released Jan. 6, showcases a recruiting poster
from the Australian Red Cross.
Henry Souter’s colorful “Help” poster was designed to inspire
Australian nurses to join the Red Cross in support of the war effort,
and remained in print until 1918. The image appears on the reverse of
the latest coin in the Perth Mint's World War I posters commemorative series.
poster features an Australian Red Cross woman in uniform standing with
arms outstretched, as if appealing for help, in front of a red cross.
In the background is a medical ship, an ambulance and a field
hospital, each bearing the protective Red Cross emblem.
the course of World War I, recruitment campaigns ran throughout
Australia encouraging women to join the Red Cross or to volunteer
their services on the homefront.
were an integral part of these campaigns. Artists were commissioned to
produce works that would inspire women to support Australian troops
through fundraising efforts, quasi-nursing duties, organizing comfort
packages to send to soldiers, and volunteering to work in the Red
Cross’ Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau.
Robinson of the Perth Mint staff is credited with preparing the design
obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II,
the denomination, and the 2015 year-date.
rectangular coin weighs 31.135 grams and measures 27.6 millimeters in
width and 47.6 millimeters in height.
coin has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces.
first release in the series, in 2014, portrays Enlistment. The final
three designs in the series are to commemorate Australian War Bonds
(2016), the Australian Home Front (2017) and Australian Peace Bonds (2018).
2015 coin is housed in a latex case that displays the coin’s reverse
and obverse. It is presented in a themed shipper, and is accompanied
by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
coin is available from the Perth Mint at an official issue price of $72.66
U.S., plus shipping.
distributor Talisman Coins offers the coin for $69.95 each,
with a discounted price of $66.95 each for purchases of three coins or more.
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