2018 $5 Sir John Monash Fine Silver Proof Coin

Sir John Monash is one of the greatest figures in Australian history. An outstanding commander during the First World War, he continued his exceptional service upon his return.

His postwar endeavours both served the community and helped build the nation we are privileged to enjoy today. A brilliant tactician, he was one of the outstanding commanders of the First World War and was knighted for his services in 1918.

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As an engineer prior to the war, Monash introduced the use of reinforced concrete into Victoria. Returning to Melbourne after the war, he became chairman of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, and under his leadership the Commission extended the power grid across the entire state. Later he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.

A spokesman for returned soldiers, Monash guided construction of Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance and led the annual Anzac Day march. Monash University in Melbourne is named in his honour.

Monash died on 8 October 1931 aged 66 from a heart attack and was given a state funeral attended by some 250,000 mourners.

Coin Highlights:

  • Fitting of an inspirational Australian, the coin’s design features a stately portrait of Sir John Monash
  • Struck by the Royal Australian Mint from 99.9% pure silver
  • Limited mintage of 5,000 coins
  • Australian legal tender
More Information
Country Of Issue Australia
Year 2018
Denomination $5
Metal Type Silver
Weight (g) 28.349
Purity (%) 99.9
Diameter (mm) 40.00
Mintage 2,500