2005 Australia/New Zealand Joint Issue - ANZAC 90th Anniversary 1915 - 2005 - Two Coin Proof Pair

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2005 Australia/New Zealand Joint Issue -  ANZAC 90th Anniversary 1915 - 2005 - Two $1 Coins Proof Pair.

The Australian coin features a soldier wearing a 'slouch hat' against a background symbolizing ANZAC Cover in April 1915.

The image is surrounded by the border inscription AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND ARMY CORPS 1915 - 2005.

The New Zealand coin portrays a soldier wearing a 'lemon squeezer' against a background symbolising the heights of Chunuk Bair, part of which was captured and held for two days by New Zealanders in August 1915.

The image is surrounded by the birder inscription COURAGE 1915 - 2005 and the words WE WILL REMEMBER TEHM.

The obverse of each coin bears an Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

No more than 15,000 Two-Coin Aluminium Bronze Sets will be released.

In late 1914, men of the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force began arriving in Egypt.

In early 1915, these forces were chosen , along with British and French troops, for an invasion of Turkey.

On 25 April 1915, the newly formed Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli peninsula at what became known as ANZAC Cove.

The Australian and New Zealand troops fought side by side for eight months as desperate efforts were made to break through bravely defended Turkish lines. By the time the Anzacs were evacuated, just before Christmas 1915, more than 8,700 Australians and 2,700 New Zealanders were dead.

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