Australia has just issued its fourth colorful circulating $2 coin.
The 2015 ANZAC $2 coin was released into circulation on April 20, as
a precursor to the April 25 ANZAC Day, which honors Australia and New
Zealand’s first major military action of World War I.
The new circulating coin is part of the Royal Australian Mint’s
Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program, which features a collection of
commemorative coins capturing the history, service, and sacrifice of
Australians at war.
A total of approximately 1.5 million $2 coins bear a colorful red
ring, the color a tribute to the familiar World War I symbol, the
poppy. The poppy has been linked with the “war to end all wars”
because of the poem “In Flanders Fields.”
On the coin, the ring is attached to plain poppies, and crosses
honor the fallen, marking the graves of unknown heroes. The
inscription LEST WE FORGET appears at the center of the design.
The Royal Australian Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint are the only
mints to issue circulating coins with color on them. RAM CEO Ross
MacDiarmid said the RAM uses color only when appropriate.
“When working with such a significant theme like the Anzac Centenary
we take a lot of care in making sure the design and colour application
is appropriate for the theme,” MacDiarmid said in a press release.
The new coin was officially launched at the Anzac Centenary March,
which included descendants of those who served in World War I.
For more information about the RAM’s Anzac centenary program, visit
a special page on its website.