Learn the Legend: Collect the ANZAC to Afghanistan Official 2016 Coin Collection | PerthNow

FOR more than a century, Australians have been at the center of the world ’ second worst wars and flash points — from Anzac to Afghanistan — as soldiers, pilots, sailors, nurses and peacekeepers. And from adjacent Sunday, readers of The Sunday Times and PerthNow can start collecting a respect portfolio of commemorative coins that pay protection to the men and women who played a character in the pivotal battles and events that helped shape our state. The ANZAC to Afghanistan Official 2016 Coin Collection features 14 coins themed “ Learn the Legend ”, with designs based on photograph of significant military moments in Australia ’ s history.

Four of them are never-before-issued 25c gold coins produced by the Royal Australian Mint. The first coin and a especial collector ’ south album are barren while coins 2-14 are $ 3 each. The quality of the Aussie Digger was first forged on the Gallipoli beaches in April 1915, when australian soldiers showed bang-up courage and doggedness despite being repelled by the Turks, and that effort is recognised in the first coin of the collection — a gold coin with the theme Our Legends .The first coin and a special collector’s album are free, while coins 2-14 are $3 each.Camera Icon

The first coin and a special collector’s album are free, while coins 2-14 are $3 each.

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The moment coins pays tribute to the forfeit on the western Front in World War I and its theme is the french battlefield of Fromelles. Australia never doubted that it had a role to play in World War II either, specially when war came to us with the japanese bombing of Darwin and the appearance of japanese submarines in Sydney Harbour in May 1942. The coin collection features WWII coins themed around the Rats of Tobruk, the list given to the soldiers of the garrison who held the Libyan port of Tobruk, equally well as the Darwin bombard. Coins 5-8 showcase Bomber Command, the Thai-Burma Railway, Kokoda and the Battle of Long Tan. For the next 50 years, Australia ’ s military concenter was securely on our region, from PNG to Korea, to Indonesia, Malaya and Vietnam. The most holocene conflicts have been well beyond our waters, when we have gone to the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan to support military ­operations and to be liberators and rebuilders.

To reflect that, the concluding coins in the series commemorate the Korean War, Peacekeeping, especial Forces, Dogs at War, Afghanistan and Peace .

START COLLECTING NEXT SUNDAY

THE never before issued Our Legends 25c amber mint and collector ’ s album are loose when you buy The Sunday Times ( RRP $ 2.70 ) on April 10, available strictly while stocks last at participating newsagents and IGA outlets. Coins 2-14 are available for $ 3 each. collect coins 2-6 ( Monday, April 11-Friday, April 15 ) and coins 9-13 ( Monday, April 18-Friday, April 22 ) by getting the codeword ( daily from Monday to Friday ) from perthnow.com.au, then enter the codewords on the Anzac Day Collectable token found inside The Sunday Times on April 10 and 17. Take your completed token to your newsagent or IGA and redeem your Anzac Day collectible coins. Collect coins 7 and 8 when you buy The Sunday Times on April 17 and coin 14 when you buy The Sunday Times on April 24. For more data, go to perthnow.com.au/learnthelegend. Codewords will be published on perthnow.com.au from April 11 .

LEGEND IN HIS LINEAGE

Flynn Dickson’s great great-grandfather Thomas Herbert Link was in the 11th Battalion.Camera Icon

Flynn Dickson’s great great-grandfather Thomas Herbert Link was in the 11th Battalion.

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learning of his ancestors ’ destiny at Gallipoli and the western Front — a history adequate parts heroism and tragedy — sparked Flynn Dickson ’ s fascination with the Anzac caption. The Christ Church Grammar School scholar ’ s Anzac collection already includes a Diggers ’ slump hat and replica of medals won by his forebears in battle.

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From adjacent Sunday, Flynn, 8, plans to adds to it by collecting the first coin in The Sunday Times and PerthNow ’ s ANZAC to Afghanistan Official 2016 Coin Collection. Flynn ’ s great great-grandfather Thomas Herbert Link was in the 11th Battalion, and appeared in a celebrated photograph on the steps of Cheops pyramid. On the hundredth anniversary, Flynn attended a memorial service he said was “ one of the proudest times of my biography ” .

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