2015 20c CuNi Uncirculated Coin- Australia Remembers- Coo-ee March
The Coo-ee March was the first of many snowballing recruitment marches to enlist men to join the Australian
Imperial Force in 1915. The Royal Australian Mint has worked with Gilgandra Shire Council to commemorate a centenary of the Coo-ee March
with the inclusion of this 20c Uncirculated Coin as part of the Australia Remembers Coin Series.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
The morning of 10 October 1915, saw 26 young men leave their hometown of Gilgandra, central west of New South Wales, in a recruiting march effort to join the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). This gesture spoke for a nation that wished so emphatically to contribute
to Commonwealth efforts in the First World War, which was being fought across the globe.
The Coo-ees as they became known had increased in number to 263 by the time they had covered the 320 miles to arrive in Sydney and enlist, their youthful enthusiasm encouraging many men to answer the call from the Dardanelles along the way. News spread quickly and subsequent snowball marches started soon after all over Australia, the Coo-ees were joined in history by the Kookaburras, Kurrajongs and
Boomerangs to name just a few.
The Royal Australian Mint shares the spirit of the Coo-ees 100 years on with our annual Australia Remembers release.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• Part of the Royal Australian Mint’s Australia Remembers Coin Series
• Produced in collaboration with Gilgandra Shire Council
• Uncirculated coin in a presentation card
• Reverse design features moving imagery of the Coo-ee marchers
• Obverse features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley
• Australian legal tender