Australia's coins to commemorate 60th anniversary of World War II

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The Royal Australian Mint, Australia's national mint, today released their 2005 circulating coin designs and annual year sets commemorating 60 years since the end of the Second World War.

Officially launched at the Australian War Memorial by Chairman of the Memorial Council, Major General Adrian Clunies-Ross, the highlight of the coin series is the 20 cent coin entitled 'Coming Home' which features an image of a young girl greeting her father returning home from the war.

The young girl has been identified as Queenslander Jacquie Dowling, after she 'featured' as a child in a photograph from 1945, held by the Australian War Memorial. Jacquie was 'found' after a national search for the child in the photo.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, the Hon Chris Pearce MP said "The image of Jacquie and her mother greeting their father, an ex-prisoner of war, upon his return home after many years apart is a touching scene that inspired the coin entitled 'Coming Home'."

The other commemorative designs produced for the Royal Australian Mint's 2005 Year Set include a $1 coin entitled 'Peace' capturing the joy and spontaneity of one of Australia's most iconic images, the 'dancing man', taken during victory celebrations at the end of the Second World War.

The Memorial's Principal Historian, Dr Peter Stanley, worked closely with the Mint's designers to develop the coins. "We were conscious that these coins would bring into every Australian's hands what the Second World War meant to those who lived through the most tumultuous years in the nation's history. They will be a tangible reminder of the emotions the war's end aroused."

The other coin is entitled 'Remembrance' and is struck on a 50 cent coin capturing the sombre and reflective mood of remembrance and of the enormous cost of all conflicts.

The collector set, designed in consultation with the Australian War Memorial and using photographs from their collection, will be available in proof and uncirculated finishes from the Royal Australian Mint and selected coin dealers around Australia.

To order your set contact the Royal Australian Mint on 1300 65 20 20 between 8.30am to 4pm EST or visit www.ramint.gov.au

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Four-year-old Jacquie Dowling in 1945 meeting her father, an ex-prisoner of war, for the first time. Four-year-old Jacquie Dowling in 1945 meeting her father, an ex-prisoner of war, for the first time.

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