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Australia 2016-P ANZAC Spirit - World War I Centenary - ANZAC Day 100 Years - Pride, Respect, Gratitude Centenary $25 Pure Gold Proof with Color GX - MINTAGE 1,000 - THIS COIN IS SERIAL NUMBER 0002

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Pride, Respect and Gratitude. This low mintage, pure gold proof celebrates the ANZAC Spirit and the centennial of World War I and ANZAC Day with a moving vignette of an Australian soldier leaning on his rifle, his head bowed in remembrance of his fallen comrades. SERIAL NUMBER 0002!
 
This listing is for the individual gold proof with certificate with Serial Number 0002!

The Perth Mint and Talisman Coins proud bring you the latest releases in this significant military and historical 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 truly rare, very low mintage pure gold proof features a moving vignetteof an Australian soldier at a graveside being comforted by the spirit of his fallen comrade! 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 1,000 of these pure gold proof coins will be struck and issued by the Perth Mint, we believe that these coins and sets will disappear quickly. A common thread linking all of the ANZAC Spirit coins is the red poppy of remembrance. For 2016:

    1) ANZAC Spirit - Over the Top - Battle of the Somme Pure Silver $1 with Color
    3) ANZAC Spirit - ANZAC Day 100th $25 Pure Gold Proof - Mintage 1,000

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Australian ANZAC Spirit $25 Gold Proof in boxDeparture for War
2014 marks 100 years since the departure of the first convoy of ships which carried the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF), who would later become known as the ‘Anzacs’, from King Georges Sound at Albany in Western Australia. At this time the leader of the opposition party, Andrew Fisher, stated during his election campaign that “…Australian’s will stand beside our own and help and defend her to our last man and our last shilling.”

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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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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Investment Note
A grand total of only one thousand (1,000) were struck by the Perth Mint as the ultimate collector's coin, making it truly rare - meaning at most only 1,000 fortunate numismatists can ever own one. Each ANZAC Spirit gold proof weighs one quarter troy ounce of pure gold. Need we say more?

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Technology Note
The marvelous minting and refining technologies of the Perth Mint have brought us this affordable gold coin, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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Australian ANZAC Spirit $25 Gold Proof in boxObverse
A frosted cameo proof a moving vignetteof an Australian soldier leaning on his rifle, his head bowed in remembrance of his fallen comrades. The legend ANZAC DAY 100 YEARS - PRICE • RESPECT • GRATITUDE 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 1/4 OZ 9999 GOLD 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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Specifications
The 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 2016
   
Face Value 25 Dollars
Weight 7.777 g
Dimensions 20.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   2.00 mm
Mintage Limit    1,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Aleysha Howarth (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

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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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