• Hannah Phillips

Centenary of Armistice Commemoration

On Wednesday Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance Senator Zed Seselja and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Personnel and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Darren Chester announced Australia’s newest circulating coin will bear the emotive image of a coloured poppy, to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice.

Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance, Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja, has unveiled the new $2 coin which will now go into circulation, at the Australian War Memorial’s 62,000 Poppies display.

“The 1918 Armisticebrought an end to the fighting on the Western Front and signified the long-awaited end to the First World War. This year, we commemorate the Centenary of this significant milestone in our Nation’s history,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

“The Royal Australian Mint is today releasing into circulation a new $2 coin to pay tribute to the Centenary of Armistice.”

“The coin’s striking design honours those who fell during the war and is a tangible tribute to both the importance of Remembrance Day, and its continued significance one hundred years on.”

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester, said it was fitting to unveil this tribute near the 62,000 poppies display.

“Tragically, 62,000 Australians gave their life in the First World War and each of the poppies in this display represents one life lost,” Mr Chester said.