The Perth Mint is proud to present this silver coloured coin commemorating the Battle of the Somme, perfect for veterans, historians, and collectors.
The Battle of the Somme refers to a series of actions between 1 July and 18 November 1916 in which more than one million men were wounded or killed. Australian troops, Gallipoli veterans and fresh reinforcements, arrived on the Somme in mid-July to support the British attempt to capture the high ground towards the village of Thiepval.
The British Empire lost 430,000 casualties in the fighting on the Somme, while the French lost 200,000. The German Army also suffered appallingly, incurring 650,000 casualties and inheriting a tired and dispirited military force that would never fully recover.
Battle of the Somme Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse depicts a group of soldiers as they charge out of the trenches along the Somme Valley in France. The design includes the inscription ‘Be Worthy of Them 1916’, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. Also edged lettering is featured around the coin’s rim with the words, “PRIDE • RESPECT • GRATITUDE”.
Australian Legal Tender
This coin is issued as Australian legal tender and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2016 year-date, and the monetary denomination on its obverse.
ANZAC Themed Presentation Packaging
Each coin is presented in a themed presentation case with the words ‘Pride’, ‘Respect’, and ‘Gratitude’ inscribed on the outside of the case, within an illustrated shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 7,500 of The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series – Be Worthy of Them 2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin.
In July 1916, a major allied offensive on the Somme sought to break the stalemate of the Western Front and return the war to one of movement. Within four months, following a million soldiers from Britain, France and Germany being killed, declared missing, wounded or taken prisoner, the front line had moved barely 10 kilometres.
Australian troops arrived in France from Gallipoli in time to participate in the fighting on the Somme, fighting actions at Pozières and Mouquet Farm in effort to seize the high ground at Thiepval. Within eight weeks, they lost more men as casualties than eight months on Gallipoli.
Visit The ANZAC Spirit page to discover the whole series.