The big event being commemorated over the last couple of years, and indeed over the next couple, is the First World War, also called the Great War. Starting in 1914 and finally coming to an end in 1918, the centenary commemorations of this ‘war to end all wars’ have been prolific in the numismatic world, with the British Royal and Royal Canadian Mints offering five-year programmes, as well as the trio of Antipodean mints, the New Zealand Post, Perth Mint, and the producer of the coin looked at here, the Royal Australian Mint.

Struck in a rather unusual 22.23g of fine silver, the rounded triangle is a nice shape that frames the design expertly. The design itself is composed of some fine clean-struck surrounding areas, in the centre of which is a coloured image of an ANZAC soldier, possibly the weak spot of the reverse face. The obverse has the usual effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the packaging is the new standard RAM box in a coloured shipper.

It’s another in the large numbers of ANZAC commemorative coins released over the last couple of years, so there’s plenty of choice. The shape and quality of this one make it worthy of contention, but coins in this genre are often quite personal to the collector, or more likely the casual buyer more interested in the theme than anything else. Available to buy now for $85.00 AUD ($77.27 for international buyers)

MINTS DESCRIPTION

As we commemorate the centenary of the First World War, we pay tribute to the 60 000 Australians who endured personal hardships, sacrifices and sufferings for their country

Partnering with the Australian War Memorial, we have produced this fine silver proof triangular coin featuring part of the Memorial’s Hall of Memory striking mosaic in colour.

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SPECIFICATION

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$5 AUSTRALIA 0.999 SILVER 22.23 g 33.90 mm PROOF 7,500 YES / YES
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT