The Royal Australian Mint will launch the first coin in their new series titled Australia Remembers at the Royal College of Nursing, Australia’s International Nurses Day celebrations in Canberra tonight. The series pays tribute to past and present Australians who played important roles during times of war, conflict and peacekeeping. The first coin in this series honours past and present Australian Services nurses. “Since the time of the Boer War, service nurses have contributed by caring for the sick and wounded in every conflict to which Australia has committed troops,” said Graham Smith, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint. “Whilst this coin has been made specifically for the Australia Remember series, I like to think it reminds everyone about the work that nurses do all around the world and realise how often they go unrecognised,” said Mr Smith. International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 12 and marks the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It is a time of celebration for nurses around the world. “I am proud to see our nurses recognised through the release of this stunning new collector coin from the Royal Australian Mint. For over 100 years Australian Services nurses have provided assistance and care with such dedication, commitment and courage,” said Debra Cerasa FRCNA, Chief Executive Officer, Royal College of Nursing, Australia. The International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland, assigns a theme to each year’s celebration. The theme for 2009 is Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nursing Leading Care Innovations.

To purchase the 2009 Australia Remembers 20c Australian Service Nurses uncirculated coin, please visit www.ramint.gov.au or call 6202 6800. Coin and packaging images are available by contacting Michelle Napoli, details below, or by visiting www.ramint.gov.au.

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