In September 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, Andrew Fisher, having led the Labor Party to a decisive victory, became Australia’s Prime Minister for the third time. During his election campaign, Fisher stated, “All, I am sure, will regret the critical position existing at the present time, and pray that a disastrous war may be averted. But should the worst happen after everything has been done that honour will permit, Australians will stand beside our own to help and defend her to our last man and our last shilling.”
By the end of 1914, close to 50,000 men were mobilised, many of whom, having sailed from their State capitals, joined the convoy that departed from the port of Albany in Western Australia.
Proof Quality 99.99% Pure Gold
Each coin is struck from 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality.
Historic First World War Design
The coin’s reverse features a young boy watching Australian soldiers marching along the Albany coastline, with a convoy of ships in King George Sound in the background. The inscription ‘1914 – To Our Last Man and Our Last Shilling’, a red poppy motif, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark are also incorporated into the design.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as Australian legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2014 year-date, and the monetary denomination.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,000 of The ANZAC Spirit – To Our Last Man 2014 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin.
Unique Presentation Packaging and Numbered Certificate
Each coin is presented in a black and red display case with the words ‘Pride’, ‘Respect’, and ‘Gratitude’ inscribed on the outside of the case, within a themed shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series will be issued annually between 2014 and 2018. In each year of the Series, The Perth Mint will release individual 1oz silver and 1/4oz gold coins portraying major events or themes from the corresponding period 100 years ago. In addition, a 1/2oz Three-Coin Silver Set will be released annually, making a 15-coin collection over five years.
Periodically, the Mint will also announce special limited edition feature coins, while the Series will be supported with interesting historical mementos and memorabilia.