In April 1915, more than 20,000 men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) were ordered to land on the western side of the Gallipoli peninsula.
While the larger French and British landings took place at Cape Helles further to the south. They were to secure the Dardanelles, making it possible for an Allied fleet to enter the Sea of Marmora and bring the Ottoman Capital, Constantinople, under fire.
In the early hours of 25 April, Australian troops landed on the beach that would later become known as ANZAC Cove. As the troops came ashore they came under fire and many were killed or wounded in the battle’s opening moments.
Struck by The Perth Mint from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, the coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 100 of The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series – Baptism of Fire 2015 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin.
The coin’s reverse depicts Anzac soldiers as they battled to scale the cliffs above ANZAC Cove. The design includes one soldier in the foreground, a red poppy, the inscription 1915 – BAPTISM OF FIRE, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. The obverse of each coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2015 year-date, and the monetary denomination.
Edged lettering features around the coin’s rim with the words, “PRIDE • RESPECT • GRATITUDE •”.
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.
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