In 2015, the 100th anniversary of the first Gallipoli Landing
will be marked with the release of two new collectible coins. Collectors can own a commemorative piece of history, in silver and gold capturing the memory of our Gallipoli fallen with the likeness of the Lone Pine tree.
Australian troops spent eight months fighting on Gallipoli after the first landing on 25 April 1915.
Of the 26,000 casualties the Australians sustained, 8000 died. Australian troops fought costly actions at The Nek, Lone Pine and in the foothills of Hill 971, with very little gain. However, they thwarted a Turkish counterattack in May and participated in a failed offensive in August, before evacuating in December 1915.
A memorial at the Lone Pine cemetery records the names of 5000 Australians and New Zealanders with no known graves, who died during the eight month campaign.
For decades Australians of an adventurous spirit have ventured to the site of Lone Pine to pay respects to the many lost and wounded in this conflict. Others have sought out the Lone Pine symbolically planted in Canberra, when the Australian War Memorial was just land set aside in an open paddock.
For each of us it is a symbol of remembrance during this 100th anniversary of the first Gallipoli Landing.
The Royal Australian Mint will release no more than 10,000 of the 2015 Centenary Of The Gallipoli Landing Silver Proof Coin.
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