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Australia Remembrance Day

2012 Coloured Two Dollar reverse 2012 Coloured Two Dollar obverse

2012 Coloured Two Dollar

Reverse Designer:Wojciech Pietranik Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:20.5mm Weight:6.6g Edge:Interrupted Composition:92% Copper
6% Aluminium
2% Nickel


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Remembrance Day is a day to remember those who served to protect us. It is commemorated unerringly each year to remember our fallen heroes. The Royal Australian Mint has chosen to remember this occasion with a two dollar commemorative coin of its own. The reverse, designed by Wojciech Pietranik, shows a single vibrant red poppy in the centre of some chosen words. The words are REMEMBRANCE and upside down are the immortal words LEST WE FORGET. The legend reads "TWO DOLLARS REMEMBRANCE". The obverse shows an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right and wearing a crown. It also contains the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010".

There is also a fifty cent and a five dollar remembrance issue. 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 synonymous as the sign of hope and renewal as it was the first flower to grow amid the deadly battlefields of Northern France and Belgium after the war. It is said that the vivid red of the poppy was borne from the blood that had flowed so freely during the heavy battles. The sight of poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the poem In Flanders fields (Australian War Memorial, 2014) . 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 around the world.

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