Australian 2005 and 2006 Proof Coin Sets

February 15, 2009

In 2005 the Royal Australian Mint (RAM) issued coin sets with the theme of the 60th anniversary of the end of the WWII. This year the issued sets included the commemorative coins issued for that year and not the standard issue designs. Included in the uncirculated set, proof set, baby set and the wedding sets were a special 20c featuring an Australian soldier, an ex-prisoner of war "coming home" from the war to his family after many years apart. The "remembrance" 50 cent depicts a digger, a priest and graves capturing the sombre and reflective mood of remembrance and the enormous cost of all the conflicts. The iconic image of "the dancing man" recorded during victory celebrations at the end of the Second World War is the theme captured on the Peace one dollar.

In 2006 the Royal Australian Mint released sets in the theme of 40 years since the introduction of decimal currency so this year would mark 40 years since the pound, shillings and pence were withdrawn and dollars and cents introduced in 1966. The set would reproduce the 1 cent and 2 cent coins originally issued but withdrawn from circulation in 1991. It would also reproduce the round silver 50 cent piece as issued only for the first year in 1966.

Posted by harrisk at February 15, 2009 8:28 AM
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