Philip Loffman (left) and Eric Watts (right) of the famed World War II ‘Rats of Tobruk’ holding the ANZAC coin


Bill Gaynor OAM, President of the Returned and Services League (WA Chapter) and his granddaughter Alexandria Gaynor holding the commemorative coin.

The Perth Mint has issued the first Australian ANZAC $1 coin from a new annualprogram honouring all men and women who have served their country since theGallipoli campaign of 1915.

The 2009 release symbolises the importance of remembering the sacrifices ofAustralian diggers and the preservation of their memories by each succeedinggeneration with a commemorative design of a former serviceman and a youngchild.

As well as The Perth Mint’s historic ‘P’ mintmark, the reverse design includes asilhouetted bugler, the words ‘Lest We Forget’ and the date of ANZAC Day – April25 – on which the lives of all Australians lost in war time are remembered.

The coin’s obverse portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty QueenElizabeth II.Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer Ed Harbuz said that there was significantinterest in previous coins commemorating Australia’s servicemen and women.

Major Perth Mint releases in recent years include the limited Australians at WarCoin & Medallion Tribute Set, the 90th Anniversary of the Australian and NewZealand Army Corps Series, and the Australian SAS 50th anniversary silver coin.

“Like our previous releases, the 2009 ANZAC $1 coin expresses the extraordinarypride that Australians have in their defence forces,” Mr Harbuz said. “With anunrestricted mintage, the new coin provides as many people as possible with the opportunity to acquire an official Australian numismatic tribute.”

Each subsequent coin in the program will bear a different symbolic design,offering them the chance to build a magnificent collection over time.The first release is housed in an illustrated presentation card featuring a fold-outstand for upright display. The card depicts a proud young Australian honouringthe service of a relative by wearing his medals on the right breast.Available from The Perth Mint Shop, located at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, or onFREECALL 1800 098 817, the 2009 ANZAC $1 coin retails for $12.95.Purchasers may also order online at www.perthmint.com.au or check availabilitywith their local coin dealer, including Australia Post.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Ron Currie, Sales & Marketing Director, The Perth Mint
Telephone (08) 9421 7296 Mobile 0412 559 067
Email ron.currie@perthmint.com.au