This Five Dollar Remembrance coin was produced in commemoration of Remembrance Day which fell on the 11th November 2011.
The frosted bronze pad printed uncirculated coin had its edges
slightly scalloped to mimic the delicate petals of this iconic flower that symbolises Remembrance Day. It was issued by the
Royal Australian Mint on a blister with a specially designed holder
which showed off the coin against a backdrop reflecting the sentiment of the day. The
reverse was designed by the RAM and showed a vibrant red poppy across the whole coin with no
obverse had an Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing with tiara and earrings. The
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011 encircles the portrait. Outside this in larger typeface is the
REMEMBRANCE DAY 11.11.11 FIVE DOLLARS.
Around the world, Remembrance Day is observed every year. In the UK it will always be on a Sunday and hence named 'Remembrance
Sunday', but in Australia, it will always be on the 11th November. But this day is not a national holiday. Remembrance Day
commemorates the day in the memory of all the fallen soldiers. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we will
always remember. These sentiments are echoed across the globe and often the significance of this day is taught in schools
to let our children understand its meaning. The red poppy became the sign of hope and renewal as it was the first flower
to grow amid the deadly battlefields of Northern France and Belgium. The flower is now used to raise funds for the veterans
and their families and all officials will wear one upon their chest at this time of year.
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