New collector coins honour Australian troops’ bravery

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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.

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.

The Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, said these commemorative coins tell important stories of bravery from the Western Front.

“One hundred years ago Australian soldiers fought in the Battles of Villers-Bretonneux and Amiens, and through courage, resourcefulness and sacrifice, achieved crucial victories in the First World War,” he said.

“These commemorative coins from the Royal Australian Mint are a tribute to the service and achievements of Australian troops in these battles.”

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

“The Villers-Bretonneux and Amiens coins are the final releases in the Mint’s Western Front series and are also part of the popular Anzac Centenary program,” he said.

“The Mint’s pride and respect for Australia’s troops is evident through the many coins we produce in honour of their service, including the Battles of Villers-Bretonneux and Amiens Western Front releases.”

The Western Front 2018 50c Uncirculated Villers-Bretonneux and Amiens coins are limited to a mintage of 15,000 each and are available now for A$10.00 from www.eshop.ramint.gov.au or by phoning 1300 652 020.      

For media enquiries:
Alice Brown, alice.brown@ramint.gov.au, 0418 164 769 or 6202 3470

Download the 2018 50c Western Front - Villiers-Bretonneux Coin
Download the 2018 50c Western Front - Villiers-Bretonneux Coin on the card
Download the 2018 50c Western Front - Amiens Coin
Download the 2018 50c Western Front - Amiens Coin on the card