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Australia Remembrance

2014  Two Dollar reverse 2014  Two Dollar obverse

2014 Two Dollar

Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:20mm Weight:6.6g Composition:97% Copper


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On Remembrance Day Australians observea minute of silence in memory of those who died or suffered in war or armed conflict. The Royal Australian Mint has chosen to remember this occasion with this two dollar commemorative coin. The reverse features a dove carrying an olive branch with a green circle decorated with edges inspired by the Rising Sun which is the official insignia of the Australian Army. The legend states "REMEMBRANCE - TWO DOLLARS". The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HRH Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014".

In Australia Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November to recall the end of World War I which occurred on that date in 1918. (Australian War Memorial, 2017) The event is observed throughout most of the Commonwealth with a number of similar observances also occurring throughout Europe. Although not a national public holiday Remembrance Day commemorations continue to be observed during working or school hours. The Red Poppy is often worn during observances as a sign of hope and renewal as it was the first flower to grow amid the deadly battlefields of Norther 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 Army, 2017)

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