Direct Coins is proud to offer the 2018 Gold Proof Year Set in commemoration of the Centenary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.
Including a moving one dollar coin depicting the remnants of war buried beneath a field of Flanders poppies, this stunning gold six coin set is a moving reminder of all who have died in war.
At 11am on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent as an Armistice came into effect, bringing an end to the First World War.
Between August and October 1918, Australian troops took part in a major Allied offensive on the Western Front. By the first week of November, the seriously depleted German forces had agreed to an Armistice. On 11 November 1918, German delegates signed the Armistice with the Allied nations at a railway siding in a forest in France, near the town of Compiègne. The First World War was officially over.
As the news reached Australia, cities and towns erupted into celebration. For Australian troops in France, surrounded by the devastation of war, it was a bittersweet moment. Many described a feeling of numbness, with the news taking several days to sink in.
On the first anniversary of the Armistice, King George V requested that all people of the British Empire suspend their normal activities and observe a period of silence in memory of the fallen. Since then, Remembrance Day is still observed around the world with a minute silence in memory of all casualties of war.
|Country Of Issue||Australia|
|Denomination||5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2|
|Weight (g)||6.03, 12.14, 15.88, 21.52, 24.36, 33.63|
|Diameter (mm)||19.41, 20.50, 23.60, 25.00, 28.52, 31.51|