2014 will mark 100 years since the departure of the armada, which carried the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF), who would later become known as the ‘Anzacs’, from King George's Sound at Albany, Western Australia, on 1 November 1914, to join the Allied forces in the northern hemisphere.
The biggest convoy to have ever left the country up until that time, the fleet that left King George Sound consisted of 39 ships, carrying approximately 30,000 Australian and New Zealand troops, and some 8,000 horses.
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
Historic First World War Design
The coin’s reverse features two ships in the convoy as they set sail from King George's Sound in Albany, and a list of the 39 ships that sailed from Albany’s shores. The inscriptions FIRST CONVOY ALBANY W.A. and 100TH ANNIVERSARY NOVEMBER 1914, a red poppy motif, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark are also incorporated into the design.
Australian Legal Tender
Each coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965 and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2014 year-date, and the monetary denomination on its obverse.
Extremely Limited Mintage
The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,914 of The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series – First Convoy 2014 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin.
Themed Presentation Packaging and Numbered Certificate
Each coin will be presented in a black and red themed display case featuring the words PRIDE, RESPECT, and GRATITUDE on the outside of the case, within a themed shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.