Media Release: Duntroon Centenary Coin Commands The Attention Of Australian Army Officers

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Thursday 14 April 2011

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, AC, DSC, CSM today unveiled an Australian legal tender coin, issued by The Perth Mint, to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the Royal Military College (RMC), Duntroon.

Struck from 1 ounce of 99.9% pure silver, the coin portrays a design inspired by the history of Australia’s prestigious military training facility.

The commemorative tribute portrays a series of figures which symbolise the roles and challenges undertaken by officer cadets at Duntroon.  These fine sculptures are complemented by the inscription CENTENARY OF RMC DUNTROON 1911 – 2011, and a coloured representation of the Royal Military College badge which features the motto DOCTRINA VIM PROMOVET (learning promotes strength).
Following a moving address by Lieutenant General Gillespie at the Royal Military College in Canberra, Perth Mint Wholesale Manager, Neil Vance, said it was an honour for the Mint to have been granted approval to pay tribute to the formidable institution.

“With the support of the Australian Army and the Royal Military College of Australia, we are proud to celebrate the integrity, loyalty and sense of duty which underlies the level of excellence for which Duntroon and its graduates are renowned,” he said.

The Perth Mint will release only 7,500 centenary commemoratives.  Each coin, which portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, is accompanied by an authentic RMC Duntroon badge and presented in a themed gift box with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Responsible for preparing cadets for service as officers in the Australian Army, the Royal Military College – Duntroon, has established a distinguished history, steeped in tradition.  It is recognised as one of the most esteemed military schools in the world, with its intensive and diverse curriculum continuing to nurture the development of some of the country’s most accomplished leaders. 

From the first cadets who were sent to Anzac Cove with the outbreak of World War I before completing their training, RMC graduates have served with distinction and led soldiers in every major military campaign in which Australia has been involved. 

These include the infamous battles which took place at Tobruk (Lybia), on the Kokoda Trail (Papua New Guinea), in Kapyong (Korea) and at Long Tan (Vietnam) to the more recent operations in Somalia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Bougainville and the Solomon Islands.
 
Also serving as observers and advisors on a variety of United Nations and multi-national missions, RMC graduates are currently commanding Australian troops in support operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Centenary of RMC Duntroon 1oz Silver Coin and Badge Set is priced at $115.00 and is available from The Perth Mint Shop at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, by FREECALL 1800 098 817 or via the Mint’s online store at www.perthmint.com.au  Purchasers can also check availability of the coin at their local coin distributor or Australia Post outlet.

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FURTHER INFORMATION: 
Neil Vance, Wholesale Manager, The Perth Mint
Telephone (08) 9421 7225  
Mobile 0413 993 715  
Email neil.vance@perthmint.com.au