The Royal Australian Mint this month issued a collectible 20 cent coin commemorating Australia’s Lost Soldiers of Fromelles.
The announcement was made in a joint media release the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Nick Sherry, and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs:
“This coin is a continuation of the Mint’s Australia Remembers series, exploring our nation’s war experiences and military history behind and beyond the battlefields,” the Assistant Treasurer said.
“The coin design is based on the Cobbers statue which stands in the Australian Memorial Park at Fromelles.
The design features a circle enclosing an artist’s impression of the Cobbers statue and, to the right, the inscription ‘20’.
Outside of the circle are the inscriptions ‘Australia Remembers’ and ‘Lost Soldiers of Fromelles’,” the Assistant Treasurer said.
The Cobbers statue by Melbourne sculptor Peter Corlett was unveiled at the former battlefield in France in 1998 and a replica is installed at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne…… The Royal Australian Mint’s 2010 Australia Remembers project was completed in association with the Australian Army Fromelles Project Group and the Office of Australian War Graves.
The coin can be ordered on line at the Royal Mint by clicking here.
On Tuesday 20th April, to celebrate the release of the Australia’s Lost Soldiers of Fromelles 20cent coin, the Royal Mint, Canberra is hosting an address by Lambis Englezos AM, Richard Wright, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Sydney and Senior Forensic Advisor to Oxford Archaeology, and Lieutenant Colonel James Brownlie, Project Manager, Australian Fromelles Project Group. The address will commence at 11:00am in the Education Room, Royal Australian Mint.