Australia was only 13 years old when it was pushed into the chaos of the First Great War. Now more than a century later, the Centenary of World War I Silver Collection pays homage to the moments that defined the experience shared by our grandparents and great-grandparents during Australia's Baptism of Fire. Across an array of beautiful sterling silver Proof coins with full-colour designs, the Collection forms a deeply moving - but vivid - tribute to the 'War to End All Wars'.
Beginning with 'The Armistice'
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, World War I came to an end. Officials from France, Britain and Germany had signed The Armistice that morning at 5am, discreetly sheltered from prying eyes in a railway carriage in the remote Forest of Compiègne, France. It was time for all to put down their weapons and begin the slow process of rebuilding and recovery. In Australia, celebrations rang out across the streets, and crowds flocked to city areas like Sydney's Martin Place to share in the profound excitement and relief.
Soldiers, sailors and nurses alike returned home to rapturous applause, but with the seriousness of what they had faced - and memories of those who had been killed - never far from their thoughts. The first coin that you will receive as part of this collection, 'The Armstice' captures this bitter-sweet mix of emotions brilliantly. It's a fittingly powerful start.
Struck From Sterling Silver to Proof Quality
Each full-colour coin has been crafted to exquisite Proof quality - the finest quality of strike achievable in minting. Producing glassy, mirrored surfaces and incredible detail in the design, this level of quality allows you to savour all that shimmering silver has to offer. Upon each coin's obverse, the familiar portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley confirms its status as official legal tender of the Solomon Islands.
Help Our Veterans and their Families
A portion of the proceeds from each sale are given to Legacy, an organisation that helps Australian veterans and their families, both during and after their service. Connect with Australia's military history in a unique way by making a difference to lives touched by war.
Accessories and Certificate Included
To help you enjoy your new full-colour Proof coins to their fullest, you will receive a ten-coin collection case at no extra cost: the perfect place to safely store and display your new treasures. You will also receive a Certificate of Authenticity with each new release, a bespoke Certificate of Ownership, and a faithful replica of the WWI "Dead Man's Penny" - the memorial plaque issued to the families of fallen soldiers.
With a strictly limited mintage of just 5,000 pieces, we recommend you act quickly to avoid missing out.