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Australia 2014-P Posters of World War I #1 - Australian Enlistment - A Call From the Dardenelles - Rectangular Shaped $1 Pure Silver Dollar with Color

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This rectangular, legal tender, pure silver dollar celebrates the centennial of the start of World War I (known as the "War to End All Wars") with an original, full color enlistment poster, "A Call from the Dardanelles".

The Perth Mint and Talisman Coins proud to offer the first in a significant new program, Australian Posters of World War I. On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip. As the dominoes fell one by one and alliances were invoked, the Guns of August roared to life, millions of men on both sides of the conflict were called up. Four and a half years later, millions of men lay dead, world history had been irrevocably changed, and the seeds of the even more devastating Second World War had been sown. These low mintage, rectangular-shapedpure silver dollars are category-busters which appeal to collectors of history, art, militaria, media, and World War I memorabilia. Get this moving and fitting tribute to the heroism and sacrifices of the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the "War to End All Wars" before it sells out! Because no more than 5,000 of these pure silver dollar coins will be struck and issued by the Perth Mint, we believe that this coin will disappear quickly!

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Australian WWI World War One First Enlistment Poster Call from the DardanellesA Call for Enlistment - A Call from the Dardanelles
In 1914, despite having recently achieved Federation and an independent government, Australians saw themselves as Britons at the outset of World War I. As news of the war broke in London, the Australia was committed to supporting Britain and its allies, and volunteering began for the Australian Imperial Force.

A huge wave of patriotism and support for "King and Country" swept across Australia. Major political parties, churches, community leaders and newspapers exhorted its citizens to champion the war. There was a rush to recruiting offices, and at first only the fittest and finest men were accepted.

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As time passed, the long lists of Australian casualties increased, and the grim reality of war set in. In the hope of encouraging more men to enlist, a series of posters were used to invigorate enlistment.

One such example is the "A Call from the Dardanelles" poster which employed the theme of Australians fighting at Gallipoli. The poster featured a World War I digger (Australian infantryman) in a slouch hat and a rising sun badge standing astride the Narrows, one foot on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the other in Asia Minor, calling out the Australian bush cry of "Coo-ee".

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Weapons of Destruction - World War I
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"The War to End All Wars" & the Technology of Death
The flagship of the British Grand Fleet, the dreadnought HMS Iron Duke, as she appeared at the Battle of Jutland. In President Woodrow Wilson's famous words, the First World War was "the war to end all wars," or such was the hope of a ravaged Europe in 1918. Never before in human history had science and technology been harnessed to such an extent in the service of Death. Never before had war been waged simultaneously in the skies, on the earth, and below the waves. Never before had the world seen the ruinous destruction wrought by airplanes, tanks and submarines. Never before had it witnessed the desolation of trench warfare - the deafening artillery fire, sweeping machine guns mowing down rows of soldiers, and lethal poison gases.

Over 65 million soldiers from around the world served their countries in battle. Historians estimate that up to 10 million lost their lives, while 20 million others were wounded. Today, as the world pays tribute to the last surviving veterans of this terrible conflict, these significant coins will forever honor the legacy of all who fought for freedom.

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This rectangular coin¬ís reverse features a full color representation of the Australian Posters of World War I "A Call from the Dardanelles, surmounted by the legend AUSTRALIAN ENLISTMENT. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark also appears.

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World War I Posters $1 Rectangular Silver ProofReverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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 of issue and denomination also appear.

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The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, oversize luxury frame-style case with a see-through sides that allow for the easy display of the coin, protected by a superbly illustrated, full color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsThe flagship of the British Grand Fleet, the dreadnought HMS Iron Duke, as she appeared at the Battle of Jutland.
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2014
Face Value 1 Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Dimensions 47.60 mm x 27.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
Finish Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
Artist Wade Robinson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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