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Australia 2010-P ANZAC Memorial Day #2 - Royal Australian Navy Destroyer HMAS Parramatta $1 Dollar BU for Veterans / Armistice / Remembrance Day

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This special edition dollar, featuring a Royal Australian Navy destroyer, remembers those who served, and those who died, for our freedom!

To honor veterans everywhere, both those living and their fallen comrades, the Perth Mint of Australia has released this significant military coin commemorating ANZAC Day. The design is interesting, particularly to sailors, those who have served in the navy, and those fascinated by warships. The HMAS Parramatta, a River-class torpedo boat destroyer built just before the outbreak of World War I, is portrayed below the bust portrait of a leading seaman of the same era. It is his sacrifice, and those of his brothers in arms who have preceded him in death (as represented by the bugler playing Taps in the background) who have secured the future liberty and happiness for the freedom loving nations of the world.

The Royal Australian Navy torpedo boat destroyer HMAS Parramatta, her crew on deck and manning her gunwales, sometime during the period of 1910 to 1918, and most likely during her service during the First World War I.HMAS Parramatta
It is quite significant that the destroyer HMAS Parramatta is depicted on this coin - she (along with sister ship HMAS Yarra) was the first ship to be commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). These River-class destroyers were armed with a single 4" quick-firing gun forward, three 12 pounders, and three 18" torpedo tubes. Both served with distinction during the First World War.

Parramatta operated with the Allied fleet during the search for the German Pacific Squadron in 1914, took part in the capture of the German Colonies in the South West Pacific, was present at the surrender of German New Guinea at Rabaul on 13 September 1914, and assisted in the consolidation of the Australian occupation of New Guinea and New Britain. Later, she served with the British Far East Patrol at Sandakan in Borneo and Singapore, operated in the Mediterranean as part of the British 5th Destroyer Flotilla, and operated with an Allied Squadron at Constantinople during the famed Gallipoli landings.

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Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)
Australian and New Zealand troops establish a beachhead during the initial ANZAC landings at ANZAC Cove, the start of the Battle of Gallipoli land campaign in 1915, during the First World War I. ANZAC army formations and units include both Australian and New Zealand troops. The term ANZAC originated as an acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, an army group of Australian and New Zealand troops who fought against the Ottoman Turks in 1915 at the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. This Australian and New Zealand Army Corps was disbanded in 1916 and other ANZAC formations were then formed and fought during that war in the Middle East and on the Western Front. The term ANZAC was used again during the Second World War and the Vietnam War as part of the name of battalions composed of Australian and New Zealand troops.

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ANZAC Day
Within Australasia, ANZAC came to stand not just for the troops in World War I, but for Australian and New Zealand soldiers in time of war more generally. ANZAC Day is observed annually in memory of those soldiers who died in war. It is celebrated each year by both countries on April 25th, the date of the first landing at Gallipoli in 1915, on a beach known as ANZAC Cove. ANZAC Day now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations. As such, it is very similar to days such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day and V-E Day that are celebrated in the United States, Canada, and other western countries.

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ANZAC Day Coin in PackageObverse
A portrait of a World War I era Leading Seaman above the Royal Australian Navy torpedo boat HMAS Parramatta, while a silhouetted bugler in the background plays "Taps". The legend LEST WE FORGET APRIL 25 marks the commemoration. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark also appears.

Reverse
The reverse features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.

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Packaging
Each coin is encapsulated and sealed inside a full color, lavishly illustrated presentation card with fold out stand for upright display. The card includes additional information about ANZAC Day and full coin specifications.
 
SpecificationsA banner or poster advertising the significant arrival of the Royal Australian Navy torpedo boat destroyers HMAS Parramatta and Yarra in Melbourne on 10 December 1910, for their commissioning ceremony. These were the first ships commissioned into the newly founded RAN.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value (Set) One Dollar
Weight 13.80 grams
Diameter 30.20 mm
Gauge (Thickness) 3.10 mm
   
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated
Composition Aluminum Bronze
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Wade Robinson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)

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