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Australia 2014-P ANZAC Spirit #1 - Declaration of War - Empire at War - Making of a Nation - Infantrymen Soldiers, Britannia and Poppy World War I Centenary $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color and Edge Lettering

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This legal tender, pure silver dollar with edge lettering celebrates the ANZAC Spirit and the centennial of the start of World War I (known as the "War to End All Wars") with a vignette of soldiers marching in formation beneath Britannia and a memorial poppy!

The Perth Mint and Talisman Coins proud to the first three releases in a significant new program, The ANZAC Spirit. 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. This low mintage pure silver dollar features a moving vignette including Britannia and infantrymen marching in formation. Get this poignant 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 7,500 of these pure silver dollar coins will be struck and issued by the Perth Mint, we believe that these ANZAC Spirit coins and sets will disappear quickly! A common thread linking all of the ANZAC Spirit coins is the red poppy of remembrance. For 2015:

    1) ANZAC Spirit - Gallipoli Landings Pure Silver $1 with Color
    2) ANZAC Spirit - Goodbye, Cobber $25 Pure Gold Proof - Mintage 1,000
    3) ANZAC Spirit - Lest We Forget $30 Pure Silver Kilogram Proof - Mintage 500
    4) ANZAC Spirit - Baptism of Fire $200 2 Oz Pure Gold Proof - Mintage 100

Australian WWI World War One Declaration of War Pure Silver Dollar with ColorDeclaration of War
The British declaration of war on 4 August 1914 was greeted with widespread enthusiasm and jubilation across the Empire. In Australia, it was a chance for the fledgling nation to prove itself in battle and to rally to the cause, with the then Prime Minister, Joseph Cook, declaring “…When the Empire is at war, so is Australia at war.”

Across Australia the population began mobilizing for war. Volunteers swamped recruiting offices to join the Australian Imperial Force. Most Australians believed the First World War would be over quickly. Many volunteers were motivated by loyalty to Britain, a sense of duty, and the chance for adventure and travel.

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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The edge lettering legend PRIDE • RESPECT • GRATITUDEEdge Lettering
Each proof silver dollar features edge lettering which reflects the ANZAC Spirit and reads PRIDE • RESPECT • GRATITUDE •.

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Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)
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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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 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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Obverse
A frosted cameo proof scene of a formation of Australian soldiers marching beneath Britannia (depicted holding her trident and wearing a Corinthian helmet), who is symbolic of British liberties and democracy. The legend 1914 – WHEN THE EMPIRE IS AT WAR, SO IS AUSTRALIA AT WAR defines the theme. A red poppy and The Perth Mint’s traditional "P" mint mark are also incorporated.

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Reverse
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. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a luxurious, black and red clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a full color, graphically illustrated 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 Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2014
   
Face Value 1 Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Dimensions 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    7,500
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded) with Edge Lettering
   
Artist Wade Robinson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

 

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

    -  John McCrae
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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