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Australia 2011-P Famous Battles in Australian History #1 - Gallipoli ANZAC Campaign World War I 1915 AD $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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Remember the ANZAC soldiers who fought and died on the sands of Gallipoli during World War I on this first silver proof of a NEW series!

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Sold out at the Mint! Instigated by Winston Churchill, the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign of World War I cost Australia nearly 30,000 casualties. Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint are honored to present the new Famous Battles in Australian History Series. Following on the heels of the tremendously well received Famous Battles of History and Famous Naval Battles programs, the Famous Battles in Australian History Series comprises legal tender, Australian, pure silver dollars commemorating five important conflicts that loom large in the consciousness of all Australians. All remember the heroic mettle and stalwart resolve of the Aussie soldiers, often against long odds. The coin’s obverse portrays an Australian soldier, or "digger", wearing First World War standard issue uniform and kit, rifle in his hand. The color image depicts ANZAC Cove at the height of the battle. Please note that the mintage limit for coins in this program is only 5,000, not the customary 7,500 typical of Australian legal tender proof silver dollars!

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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.The Disastrous Gallipoli Campaign
The Gallipoli or Dardanelles Campaign took place during the First World War by allied forces against the Ottoman Empire between April 1915 and January 1916. The operations consisted of a joint British and French mission to capture the capital of Istanbul and secure a sea route through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea to supply Russia.

On 25 April, at approximately 4:15 am on a still spring night, with the sea mist rising, members of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) landed at Gallipoli together with troops from New Zealand, Britain, and France. It was shortly after this landing that the high command realized that the men had disembarked in the wrong position. Instead of facing the advantageous topography south of Anzac Cove, they faced the precipitous area of the north.

Inhospitable terrain, miserable conditions and horrendous casualties were characteristic of the campaign, which ended disastrously with the withdrawal of allied troops. Overall, the Allies suffered a quarter million casualties, with Aussies accounting for nearly 30,000 of those. For the Turkish people, Gallipoli was a defining moment in their history; Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkish state, was a commander during the campaign. Likewise, the Gallipoli campaign resonated profoundly among Australians. The campaign marked the first major battle undertaken by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and is considered a landmark in the development of the Australian national identity. To this day, ANZAC Day, April 25, remains a deeply significant commemoration, honoring the military service, suffering and sacrifice of those involved.

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Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)
The World War I Memorial at ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Penninsula, erected in 1934, quotes the words of the founder of the modern Turkish state, Mustafa Kemal Pasha Attaturk.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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The Gallipoli Campaign Silver Proof is the first in the ongoing Famous Battles in Australian History Series, to be released by the Perth Mint. Coins commemorating the following battles are planned:

    Gallipoli Campaign, 1915 AD - World War I
    Siege of Tobruk, 1941 AD - World War II
    Kokoda Track Campaign, 1942 AD - World War II
    Battle of Kapyong, 1951 AD - Korean War
    Battle of Long Tan, 1966 AD - Vietnam War
    + Five Coin Display Box

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Technology Note
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Battle of Gallipoli Silver Dollar in boxObverse
The coin’s obverse portrays an Australian soldier, or "digger", wearing First World War standard issue uniform and kit, rifle in his hand. The color image depicts ANZAC Cove at the height of the battle. The legend GALLIPOLI 1915 defines the theme. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is near 8:00 on the edge, by the soldier's left leg.

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Reverse
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 QUEEN ELIZABETH II and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
 
Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Wade Robinson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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