The Perth Mint is proud to release this silver coin commemorating Australia’s involvement on the Western Front.
Australian participation at Ypres began during the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as the Battle of Passchendaele, between 31 July and 10 November 1917. It is estimated that the combined total of British and Dominion casualties was 310,000 and the Australian forces incurred 38,000 casualties.* The end result of the Third Battle of Ypres was the capture of Passchendaele village.
Proof Quality 99.99% Pure Silver
The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality.
Historic First World War Design
The coin’s reverse depicts a group of Australian soldiers as they walk through the Menin Gate, past the Cloth Hall, on their return to Ypres from the battlefields of the Ypres Salient. The design includes the inscription ‘1917 Many Never Returned’, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.
Edged lettering features around the coins rim with the words "PRIDE - RESPECT - GRATITUDE".
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year-date, and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 7,500 of The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series – Many Never Returned 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin.
Anzac Themed Presentation Packaging and Numbered Certificate
Each coin is presented in a themed presentation case with the words ‘Pride’, ‘Respect’, and ‘Gratitude’ inscribed on the outside of the case, within an illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The Cloth Hall is situated in the heart of the ancient town of Ypres (now known as Ieper) in Belgium, in the province of West Flanders. The Cloth Hall is a collection of buildings surrounding a rectangular courtyard and was originally built for the commercial purpose of trading cloth and wool. Construction on the hall started in 1200 and was completed over 100 years later in 1304.
During the First World War, the hall, along with much of the town of Ypres, was razed to the ground as a result of German shelling which took place between November 1914 and 1918. During the war, thousands of allied troops marched past the ruins of the Cloth Hall to make their way to the Ypres Salient battlefields on the front line. They passed through the town’s eastern gateway known as the Porte de Menin, which translates to the ‘Menin Gate’.
Between 1914 and 1918 soldiers from almost every British and Commonwealth regiment passed through the Menin Gate, but tragically, many of them would never return.
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