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Australia 2017-P ANZAC Spirit - World War I Centenary - Battle of Beersheba - Charge of the Australian Light Horse Regiments 100 Years - Those Marvellous Horses Centenary $25 Pure Gold Proof with Color GX - MINTAGE 1,000

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Those Marvelous Horses! 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 cavalryman and his steed. Commemorate the centenary of the last successful cavalry charge in history, the glorious charge of the Australian Light Horse Regiments at the Battle of Beersheba in 1917!

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 cavalryman with his horse! 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 struckand issued by the Perth Mint, we believe that these coins will be sought after in the future. A common thread linking all of the ANZAC Spirit coins is the red poppy of remembrance.

Marking the centenary of Australia’s most glorious cavalry charge during the First World War (and the last successful cavalry charge in history), this poignant legal tender coin honors the Battle of Beersheba – a ferocious encounter between the Allies and the German and Turkish troops in the Middle East in October, 1917.

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Charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba during the First World War I in 1917, painted by George Lambert in 1920The Battle of Beersheba and
The Charge of the Australian Light Horse
The Battle of Beersheba was fought on Halloween Day, 31 October 1917, when the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) of UK, Australian and New Zealand troops attacked and captured the Yildirim Army Group garrison of combined German and Turkish soldiers at Beersheba, beginning the Southern Palestine Offensive of the Sinai and Palestine campaign of World War I.

In the most famous episode of the battle, an event which has become mythologized and entered into the pantheon of Australian and ANZAC military annals, the Australians conducted the last successful cavalry charge in history, completely overrunning the German and Turkish trench lines.

The Australian Mounted Division's 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments (4th Light Horse Brigade) conducted a mounted infantry charge, armed solely with bayonets held in their hands, their only weapon for mounted attack, as their rifles were slung across their backs. While part of the two regiments dismounted to attack entrenchments on Tel es Saba defending Beersheba, the remainder of the light horsemen continued their charge all the way into the town of Beersheba, capturing the place and part of the garrison as it was withdrawing. Their overwhelming success was the living embodiment of the ANZAC Spirit - many senior British officers considered the light horse charge a suicidal maneuver (similar to the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War), but permitted it at the insistence of the Australian officers. Today Beersheba is remembered as a national symbol of the indomitable Aussie digger spirit in the War to End All Wars.

Australian ANZA Spirit $25 Gold Proof in box The Australian Light Horse units were mounted troops with characteristics of both cavalry and mounted infantry, who served in both the Second Boer War and the First World War. During the inter-war years, a number of regiments were raised as part of Australia's part-time military force. These units were gradually mechanized either before or during World War II, although only a small number undertook operational service during the war. A number of Australian light horse units are still in existence today, including the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry), now an armored reconnaissance unit equipped primarily with the ASLAV armored fighting vehicle.

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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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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 ANZA Spirit $25 Gold Proof in boxObverse
A frosted cameo proof a moving vignetteof an Australian cavalryman and his horse. The legend THOSE MARVELLOUS HORSES and the centenary date 1917 define the theme. A red poppy and The Perth Mint’s traditional "P" mint mark are also incorporated.

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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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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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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 2017
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 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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