The orange coloured $2 coin you might have found in your change marks Remembrance Day 2015 and the coins orange coloured rings resemble the glow of a sunset. Remembrance Day 11/11/2015 recalled 100 years since the poem “In Flanders Fields” was first heard and the text from the poem adorns the fields on this coin. The poem was written by Colonel John McCrae in 1915 during World War I amid the second battle of Ypres. It was here McCrae’s friend was killed which was the inspiration for the poem. McCrae, a doctor, was in charge of a small first-aid post during the battle and wrote the poem in pencil on a page torn from his despatch book. The coin design also features sculpted flying larks as mentioned in the war poem, the orange reverse colour depicting the “sunset glow” also in the text of the poem.
The commemorative coloured $2 is just one of a number issued by the Royal Australian Mint for Remembrance and ANZAC day in the theme of 100 years of ANZAC 2014-2018. 2,151,000 of these orange coloured coins were sent into circulation at the end of October 2015. 30,002 were issued with a C mintmark in a collector card. 12,117 are listed as issued in the Royal Australian Mint annual report for 2015-16 which includes 11,000 in a PNC from Australia Post and a specially foil postmarked and individually numbered 1,111 in a limited edition PNC.