When Australia went to war in the 1910s, artists went to work
creating posters supporting the war effort.
These posters are modern inspirations for an annual coin series
issued by the Perth Mint.
The Proof 2017 silver dollar, the fourth in the series that began in
2014, depicts a poster created in 1916 by the Young Men’s Christian Association.
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The YMCA established the Snapshots from Home League of Australia,
which aimed to raise the morale of those Australians serving in World
War I by supplying them with photographs of their loved ones at home.
These photos were then sent free of charge via the YMCA to troops in
hospitals and on the front lines in Europe and the Middle East.
Snapshots from home
The “Send them all snapshots from home” poster was among several
Australian versions of a series of posters commissioned in 1915 by the
YMCA. The poster is the subject of the 2017 coin.
Designed by artist Fred Pegram, the colorful poster features a group
of Australian soldiers in a French village smiling and passing around
photographs received from home. It was one of the most effective World
War I campaigns in Australia, according to the Perth Mint.
Designer Wade Robinson translated the historic poster into coinage
art for the Perth Mint.
The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen
Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2017 year-date.
The 1-ounce .999 fine silver dollar measures 47.6 millimeters tall
and 27.6 millimeters wide.
Enlistment was honored on a coin in 2014, with the Australian Red
Cross the subject of 2015’s coin. Australian war bonds
feature on the 2016 coin, and the final coin, scheduled for release in
2018, is slated to honor the peace bonds that supported war recovery.
The 2017 coin is housed in a latex case that displays both sides of
the coin. The case is packaged within an illustrated shipper and is
accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The 2017 coin has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces and an official
retail price of $99 Australian.
Distributor Talisman Coins offers the coin at a fixed price in U.S.
dollars, for $62.95. To learn more or order the coins or sets, visit
the distributor website.