30 October 2018

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, today unveiled the new $2 coin which will now go into circulation, at the Australian War Memorial’s 62,000 Poppies display.

“The 1918 Armistice brought 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.

“It is also incredibly important to instil an ongoing sense of remembrance and respect in future generations of Australians so our Defence Force personnel know their sacrifices are honoured, now and into the future.

“In this final year of the Anzac Centenary, it is important to pay tribute to those who served in the First World War and all who have served and died for Australia with honour in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.”