A NEW $2 coloured coin will be put into circulation Monday, April 19 2015, as part of the Royal Australian Mint's Anzac Centenary Coin Program. Picture: Supplied
A NEW $2 coloured coin will be put into circulation Monday, April 19 2015, as part of the Royal Australian Mint's Anzac Centenary Coin Program. Picture: Supplied

New $2 coin going into circulation today honours Anzacs

A NEW $2 coloured coin will be put into circulation today as part of the Royal Australian Mint's Anzac Centenary Coin Program.

The coloured design will feature poppies to symbolise remembrance, crosses to honour the fallen and the words Lest We Forget.

More than 1.5 million of the coloured coins will go into circulation over the next two weeks.

The Royal Australian Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid said that the Mint is one of two in the world which produces colour print on circulating coins and the team had worked hard to ensure the integrity of the design was upheld.

He said he hoped everyone who finds the special coin will take the time to reflect and remind themselves of the courage shown by those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"When working with such a significant theme like the Anzac Centenary we take a lot of care in making sure the design and colour application is appropriate for the theme," he said.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer said on Sunday the Anzac Centenary was one of the most significant periods of commemorations for Australia.

He said it was fitting to see this theme on a coin at this poignant time.

"The poppy red colour print which features on the coin makes it even more special and symbolic attracting the public's attention and encouraging them to find out more about the significance and commemoration of those who served and made sacrifices for our country." - APN NEWSDESK.


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