2014 $5 Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Coin - The Victoria Cross for Australia

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2014 $5 Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Coin - The Victoria Cross for Australia

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2014 $5 Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated Coin - The Victoria Cross for Australia

Befitting the beauty and prestige of Australia’s highest military honour, this exquisite coin takes advantage of frosting techniques and stunning silver to pay tribute to Australia’s 100 Victoria Cross recipients. Accessible to many different customers, it will truly educate and inspire coin collectors, servicemen and women, military historians and those who honour our nation’s bravest.

HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE

Fear. Bravery. Valour. Courage. Commitment. National pride. Since 1856, the Victoria Cross has been bestowed upon those members of the British and Commonwealth forces who, in the face of the enemy, experience these to the fullest. As a true testimony to highest military honour, only 100 Australians have been awarded the medal throughout its history.

These fine men, who represent all who have served, are honoured on this coin. The first Australian recipient, Major General Sir Neville Reginald Howse VC KCB KCMG, was honoured for rescuing a wounded man under fire in the Boer War. He leads a proud and noble line of honourees,which was joined on 13 February 2014 by the most recent recipient, Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG. Corporal Baird was posthumously honoured for making the ultimate sacrifice as a  member of the Australian Special Operations Task Group, which was facing a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan. In paying tribute to him, Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated, “You have lost a son, a brother, an uncle ... Our country has lost a citizen, a soldier, a hero. We are all the poorer for his passing but the richer for his living."

FEATURES AND DESIGN

• Silver coin
• Frosted background featuring the V for Valour symbol
• Mirror-finish image of the Victoria Cross that truly stands out from the background
• Certificate of authenticity
• An addition to the Royal Australian Mint’s popular line of products commemorating a centenary of Anzac service
• Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley

 

 

(310651)

Denomination $5
Metal 99.9% Ag
Mass 1 oz
Diameter 40.00 mm
Finish Frosted Uncirculated
Mintage 30 000
SKU 310651
Brand Royal Australian Mint

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