Media Release: Perth Mint Marks a Century of The Deep Elite

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Tuesday 1 April 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

PERTH MINT MARKS A CENTURY OF THE DEEP ELITE

The Perth Mint boarded the Oberon class submarine, HMAS Ovens, in Fremantle today to unveil a precious metal tribute to mark 100 Years of Australia’s submarine force, the military’s silent service.

On 24 May 1914, the Royal Australian Navy took delivery of its first submarines in Sydney, the two British-built E-class vessels HMAS AE1 and HMAS AE2, as part of a substantial upgrade of Australia’s fledgling naval fleet.

Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie said that The Perth Mint recognises the extremely strong sense of identity and comradeship of Australia’s submariners and the vital role they have played in the nation’s naval history since the outbreak of World War I.

“Unheard and unseen is the submariner’s motto, and here at The Perth Mint we are proud to mark 100 years of their silent service with an Australian legal tender coin,” he explained.

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this superb tribute features a coloured representation of a submarine cruising through the ocean. The ocean is portrayed as breaking through two concentric circular ropes which are derived from the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service ship’s badge. The dolphins and crown emblem in the centre of the badge also appears in the design, with the inscription CENTENARY OF AUSTRALIAN SUBMARINES 1914 – 2014 and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. As a mark of distinction, the coin displays special lettering which reads SILENT SERVICE three times around the edge of the coin.

The commemorative coin is accompanied by an enamel badge replicating the official insignia of the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service and incorporates the maxim SUBMARINE FORCE AUSTRALIA SILENT SERVICE.

As the pinnacle of naval technology, Australian submarines operate in international waters and under air space controlled by other countries, using the element of surprise, while avoiding detection or causing diplomatic incident. They are a key component of the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Defence Force at large.

Today, the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service consists of six Collins-class submarines located at the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Force Element Group Headquarters in Rockingham, Western Australia.

With only 3,000 to be released, the 2014 Centenary of Australian Submarines 1oz Silver Proof Coin and Badge Set is an exceptional offering by The Perth Mint. Priced at $105.00, collectors can purchase this significant piece from The Perth Mint at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, or toll free 1800 098 817 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International) or at www.perthmint.com.au. Purchasers can also check availability of the set at their local coin dealer or Australia Post outlet.

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For further information:
Makeila Ellis, Media Officer, The Perth Mint
Telephone (08) 9421 7204 Email makeila.ellis@perthmint.com.au

Members from the Submarine Association of Australia with HMAS Ovens at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle, Perth.
Photo: Ross Swanborough

Steve Davies, Darren Thompson and Bob Trotter from the Submarine Association of Australia in the Engine Room of HMAS Ovens at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle, Perth.
Photo: Ross Swanborough