The Royal Australian Mint on Oct. 31 said it was issuing a 2017
colorful, symbolic $2 coin to mark the day, to honor veterans who died
Symbolic purple flowers and green leaves of rosemary adorn the
reverse of Australia’s newest circulating $2 coin. The coin was
unveiled by Michael McCormack, minister for small business.
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McCormack, who is responsible for the Royal Australian Mint, was
joined by chief executive officer of the Mint Ross MacDiarmid and two
members of the Returned Services League of the News South Wales Corps
of Guard to unveil the coin at the Hyde Park Anzac Memorial Pool of Reflection.
McCormack said the special coins are a symbolic reminder to
encourage people all around Australia to reflect on those who made the
ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives in national service.
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“On the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First
World War, the nation will observe one minute’s silence, in memory of
those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts,” he said.
“Rosemary has traditionally been worn on Anzac Day and Remembrance
Day as a way to commemorate those who have died in active service and
other military operations.
“This is the sixth coloured circulating coin made by the Royal
Australian Mint to honour the bravery and sacrifice of our servicemen
and women. Over two million of these coins will be released into
public circulation over the coming weeks.”
MacDiarmid said the Mint had a long and proud history of marking
special commemorative events with coinage, playing a significant role
in reaching many Australians with an important message.
“As we near the final year of the Anzac Centenary these coins will
be a lasting memory so that we continue to reflect and remember for
years to come,” MacDiarmid said.
The coin is available in packs of five coins ($10 face value) at
face value, or as an Uncirculated collector version sold for a premium.
Coins are available for purchase from the RAM’s website.
A contribution from the sale of all collectible coins in the Royal
Australian Mint’s Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program is made to the
Anzac Centenary Public Fund. The public fund contributes to a range of
significant projects intended to leave a lasting and unifying legacy
for all Australians.