Media Release: Perth Mint Marks 100 Years of Red Cross

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Thursday 8 May 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

PERTH MINT MARKS 100 YEARS OF PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE

As the nation honours World Red Cross Day, The Perth Mint is proud to present a pure silver commemorative coin celebrating 100 years of Australian Red Cross. 

Officially unveiled at Parliament House in Sydney by Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner and President Michael Legge, this great Australian story of generosity and compassion is a welcomed theme on the Nation’s legal tender.

Founded on 13 August 1914, Australian Red Cross began its journey by preparing food parcels for soldiers and prisoners of war and caring for the wounded. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers signed up and by World War II, Australian Red Cross had become the country’s largest charitable organisation.  Today, one million Australian Red Cross members, volunteers, donors, staff and supporters make a positive difference to the lives of thousands of people in need every day.

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, the coin features a series of black and white photographs representing the broad cross-section of society that Australian Red Cross assists, and an image of a World War I nurse surrounding the organisation’s anniversary logo. The inscriptions THE POWER OF HUMANITY and 100 YEARS PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark also appear in the design.

Speaking at today’s launch, Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie thanked the organisers at Australian Red Cross for their continued support in the development of this spirited tribute coin.

“Marking the centenary of Australian Red Cross is a project that The Perth Mint has been particularly proud to undertake, and we are extremely honoured to recognise the generations of Australians who have contributed to this outstanding service,” he said.

Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner said, “It’s a tremendous honour for Red Cross to celebrate 100 years of people helping people in Australia.”

With only 5,000 to be released, the 100th Anniversary of Australian Red Cross 1oz Silver Proof Coin is an exceptional offering by The Perth Mint.  Priced at $99.00, 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 coin at centenaryshop.redcross.org.au, at their local coin dealer or Australia Post outlet.


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

The emblem and logo of Red Cross (Emblem) are owned by the Federal Minister for Defence (Minister) and may only be used with the written consent of the Minister.  Any unauthorised use of the Emblem is a criminal offence under Australian law.