Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
Australian Red Cross Poster Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse features a coloured representation of David Henry Souter’s ‘Help’ poster headed by the inscription AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS. The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark, and the coin’s weight and fineness also appear in the design.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2015 year-date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin’s obverse.
Extremely Limited Mintage
The Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 of the Australian Posters of World War I – Red Cross 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin.
Presentation Packaging and Numbered Certificate
The coin is housed in a unique, contemporary, latex case which displays both sides of the coin. The case is packaged within a beautifully illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
In 1914, despite having recently achieved Federation and an independent government, Australians saw themselves as Britons at the outset of World War I. As news of the war broke in London, Australia was committed to supporting Britain and her allies, and volunteering began for the Australian Imperial Force.
As time passed, the long lists of Australian casualties increased, and the grim reality of war set in. Enthusiasm for the war began to fade. By 1916, the Australian Imperial Force faced a shortage of men and the spectre of conscription was raised. Referendums were held in 1916 and 1917, both were defeated after furious community debate.
A series of propaganda posters were used to invigorate enlistment. One such example was the ‘A Call from the Dardanelles’ poster which employed the theme of Australians fighting at Gallipoli. The poster featured a World War I digger in a slouch hat astride the Dardanelles, one foot on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the other on Asia Minor, calling out the Australian bush cry of ‘coo-ee’.
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