Perth Mint Issues 2016 RSL Centenary Gold and Silver Coins

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Graham Edwards AM, President of RSL Western Australia, holding the RSL Centenary 2016 gold and silver coins in front of the State War Memorial, Kings Park. Photo by Perth Mint.

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The Perth Mint has issued two commemorative coins in honor of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Returned & Services League of Australia, (RSL), established to provide camaraderie and care to Australian Defence Force members who have returned from conflicts. Both coins have small mintages, with the one-ounce silver issue capped at 5,000 pieces and the 1/4-ounce gold coin limited to 1,000.

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The reverse of the 2016 RSL Centenary 1 oz. Silver Proof Coin features a color image of the RSL badge and was designed by Jennifer McKenna. Inscribed in the field are RSL CENTENARY, LEST WE FORGET, 1916, 2016, 1 oz 999 SILVER, and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark. The coin is composed of silver that is 99.9% pure and has a diameter of 40.60 mm.

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The quarter-ounce issue has the same reverse design, but is composed of 99.99% gold and has a diameter of 20.60 mm. It also carries a Proof finish.

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The obverses of both coins bear Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and 2016 placed along the rim. The silver issue has a face value of 1 DOLLAR, while the gold issue carries a denomination of 25 DOLLARS. Each coin comes with a certificate of authenticity.

The 2016 RSL Centenary silver and gold coins are available for $90.00 AUD ($64.28 USD) and $635.45 AUD ($453.86 USD), respectively. For more information on these and other new releases from the Perth Mint, please visit the Mint’s Web site.

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