2003 represents the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and the Royal Australian Mint is honouring the veterans who took part in this important chapter in Australia’s long and distinguished war history with the release of this very special commemorative issue.
As a founding member of the UN, Australia was among the first countries to commit units of all three services to Korea in early July 1950, with 17,000 Australians serving until the armistice ended the fighting on 27 July 1953.
The imposing vertical lines in the background of the coin design echo the stainless steel spars around the Canberra Memorial – a symbol for the fields of fallen – and with the floral emblems of Australia and South Korea at either side, the dove of peace is shown emerging from this darkest of times, representing hope for the future. These potent themes are carried through to the outer packaging which features a photo of the Korean War Memorial in haunting half-lit hues.
A fitting tribute to Australia’s war veterans, this limited issue reflects mankind’s ongoing struggle for peace and remembrance of those who served and died in its name.
The 2003 $1 aluminium bronze mintmark coin is presented in the customary three panel card. Honouring the bravery and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women, it makes a poignant personal reminder of the cost of war and the quest for peace.
Please note: Presentation card has been folded and coins are lightly toned.
||Royal Australian Mint
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