National Servicemen commemorated on new 50c coin


The Royal Australian Mint unveiled a new 50 cent coin today which commemorates the 60th anniversary of National Service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

At the recently constructed National Service memorial site, the new coin was permanently laid under the dedication plaque by Major General Steve Gower, AO, AO (Mil), Director of the Australian War Memorial, as an everlasting symbol of gratitude to these servicemen.

“Now in place for eternity, this commemorative coin honours the role that these 287 000 young men played in Australia’s history,” said Major General Gower.

Released by the Mint in partnership with the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (NSAA) and designed by internationally acclaimed engraver and sculptor, Wojciech Pietranik, the 50 cent coin design features key elements of the new memorial site and fountain.

“For three decades, National Service was of incredible significance, ensuring adequate recruitment and training of soldiers for Australia’s Armed Forces,” said Graham Smith, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Royal Australian Mint.

“In keeping with our long history of maintaining records, capturing moments and celebrating important achievements with Australia’s rich heritage and culture, the Royal Australian Mint is proud to give all Australians the opportunity to own a piece of history,” said Mr Smith.

A dedication ceremony to officially open the new memorial will take place on 8 September 2010 where a large contingent of National Servicemen will be in attendance.

“The National Servicemen’s Association of Australia is honoured to see servicemen being recognised by this handsome new coin. We only have one medal so it provides us with the opportunity to share our history with many others,” said Major Earle Jennings AM RFD ED, NSAA National President.

The commemorate National Service coin will be available to purchase from Monday 6 September 2010 from the Royal Australian Mint Shop in Canberra, online via or by calling 1300 652 020 for $8.95.

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2010 50c Selectively Gold Plated Silver Proof - 150th Running of the Melbourne Cup 2011 50c Uncirculated Coin - 60th Anniversary of National Service

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