2014 Victoria Cross for Australia Coins

The Royal Australian Mint has launched coins which honor the Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross. A frosted uncirculated silver coin carries a mintage of 30,000 pieces, while a larger sized copper coin with a mintage of 5,000 is offered via ballot.

These coins represent the latest releases in the Anzac Centenary Coin Program. The first release was the “Lest We Forget” triangular silver coin, which sold out of its 10,000 mintage within days.

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration awarded for valor “in the face of the enemy” to members of the armed forces of the Commonwealth countries and previous British Empire territories. It was introduced on January 29, 1856 by Queen Victoria to honor acts of valor during the Crimean War. The VC takes precedence over all other orders, decorations, and medals and may be awarded to a person of any rank in any service as well as to civilians under military command. There have been 100 Australians who were awarded the Victoria Cross throughout its history.

2014 Victoria Cross Silver Coin

The $5 silver coin features a depiction of the Victoria Cross, which consists of a bronze cross pattée with Crown and Lion superimposed and the motto “For Valour”. A surrounding inscription contains the words “The Victoria Cross For Australia”. The obverse of the coin contains the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the denomination of “5 Dollars” and the “2014” date.

These coins are struck in one ounce of 99.9% silver with a frosted uncirculated finish. The diameter is 40 mm and the mintage is 30,000 pieces. The product page can be found here. Pre-orders are accepted for delivery after June 2, 2014.

Victoria Cross Bronze Coin

The Royal Australian Mint is also offering a $10 copper coin with an antique finish to replicate the appearance of the actual medal. The reverse design features a depiction of the Victoria Cross, which is surrounded by the names of the 100 Australian recipients. The Mint used micro text, an innovative technical minting process, to include the names of the recipients.

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These coins are struck in copper with a wide diameter of 57 mm. The mintage is only 5,000 pieces.

As the Royal Australian Mint has done in the past for other low mintage and high demand releases, the coins are available through a ballot process. Collectors can fill in a form available online or by mail for the chance to purchase one of the coins at the list price of $100. Ballot entries are one per person and must be submitted by May 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM AEST.

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  1. fmtransmitter says

    Free Shipping
    The Royal Australian Mint is now offering you another incentive to purchase your favourite coins. The Mint will waive the postage charge for all deliveries within Australia if you order more than one product and your order is valued at A$350 or more!

    How sweet…

  2. fmtransmitter says

    Anyone else in for the 2 oz NIUE square 2 ounce Gods of ancient Greece or am I the only one? I love those and are my favorite to display. They resemble an ancient temple when complete. Hope they stay un popular because when the set is complete ie the temple, I think that set will be very valuable with 2,000 mintage limit.

  3. Louis says

    VA- Saw that too and had same reaction. I am figuring a good $200 less than that like $400-450 hopefully.

  4. VA Rich says

    Louis – I recall how late I was to the game on the WTE and you guys really helped me out in locating one which I greatly appreciated. That taught me a lot so I’m hoping I can return the favor and have started putting out feelers for who may have what, when, as we know this will go quick and that durn import tax and shipping can get expensive!

  5. fmtransmitter says

    Mike at Direct AU said he may not even be able to secure any but said I am first to know if they do.

  6. Samuel says

    “Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2014 5oz Silver proof High Relief coin” people have been selling this for a long time already, right?

  7. VABEACHBUM says

    Samuel – I had left a reply this AM, but it appears to have vanished into the Ether… Up to now, GovMint has been offering their graded examples of the coin to whoever might buy them. The Perth release next month represents the rest of the authorized mintage that will be offered to the rest of the World in OGP. In typical Perth fashion, they will not offer the OGP versions to North America customers because of their agreement w/ GM. Those of us who prefer OGP – and/or realistically priced products – are left to identify other vendors, such as Downies or Direct AU. At this point, it’s also quite doubtful that Talisman, long-time US distributor of Perth and RAM products, will receive an allotment of these remaining coins. Here’s to remaining hopeful!!

  8. Samuel says

    but, at perthmint website, it does not say it is High Relief, it maybe just regular proof version. i knew there was confusion at the beginning of this eagle.

  9. VA Rich says

    Hey guys, if Downies’ 5 oz WTE is expected to be priced at $485, then should it be expected that Talisman or Direct may come in considerably lower, like $400-$425 (from a historical trend)?

    Or will their price if they have them available be more in line with Downies in the $470+ range? Thx

  10. VA Rich says

    Oh, & the original email received from Downies stated BU 1 oz at $99, I’ve since gone back for clarification though suspect this may actually be the Reg Proof that they’re referencing for $99- I’ll ask Perth Blog and see what they come back with.

  11. VABEACHBUM says

    @ VA Rich – The one thing that always has disappointed me with Downies is the way they manage their product pricing. They do not charge US customers in $AU, then allow the currency conversion to accommodate a minor cost savings – at least in today’s market. They change their $AU price into the same price at $US without consideration, which (currently) results in an additional $47 – $50 profit on a $500 coin. I really miss the Downie’s US subsidiary, Euro Collections Int’l (ECI), which offered reasonable product pricing in $US and $5 – $10 shipping.

    I really hope Direct receives some inventory, ’cause I have a bad feeling that GM will become the only authorized distributor while Talisman will get blocked. To make matters worse, GM gets to charge me 6% tax because of their other, unrelated business interests in VA.

  12. VARich says

    Great to know VABB – much appreciated! I left a VM and email with Talisman to see if they anticipate receiving any, I’ll post what I hear back.

    I’m going to assume that GM received 50% distribution for their 5 oz allotment earlier this year, if that’s true and I’d love to know the exact distro, there may only be ~2,500 left for distributors.

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