• Hannah Phillips

New Collector Coins Honour Australian Troops Bravery

Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar has announced to mark the 100th anniversary of two key victories during the First World War, the Royal Australian Mint has released commemorative coins recognising the battles of Villers-Bretonneux and Amiens on the Western Front.

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The Villers-Bretonneux and Amiens 50 cent collector coins pay tribute to the soldiers who fought in these battles and are a unique symbol of their service and achievement.

The Battle of Villers-Bretonneux saw the Australian troops’ unconventional night attack liberate the town of Villers-Bretonneux.

In the Battle of Amiens, Allied troops broke through German lines and gained over 24 kilometres of occupied territory. Both battles were important actions for Australia during the First World War.

Ross MacDiarmid, CEO of the Royal Australian Mint, said the Mint has a long-standing tradition of recognising Australian wartime periods on commemorative coins.

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