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|2001 Australian Army Centenary Silver Dollar|
Since its formation in March 1901, the Army has fought in every major world conflict of the Twentieth Century, most recently becoming heavily involved in UN peacekeeping and peace making activities.
For the first fifty years, "the Army" meant the force raised under the terms of the Defence Act for the defence of mainland Australia, the Australian Military Forces. This force, which comprised a small full time or permanent component and large numbers of part time militia, could not be sent overseas to fight. Whenever Australian policy needed a force for service outside Australia, a separate volunteer force, the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) had to be raised. This volunteer force fought in both World Wars and established the ANZAC tradition of courage, resourcefulness and fighting efficiency.
After World Ward II, a full time standing Army was established. The restriction on overseas deployment of this permanent force was abandoned and the Australian Army, which comprised both full and part time soldiers, could be sent wherever the government required. This new force was quickly tested in the battles of the Korean War and Vietnam, where it acquitted itself to the high standard of its AIF predecessor.
Proof Silver Dollar
This fine silver proof coin is one of just 20,000 commemorative coins. Each of the limited legal tender coins is individually struck from a carefully prepared blank, producing a delicately frosted raised image complemented by a highly polished mirror-like background. The reverse of the coin was sculpted by Vladimir Gottwald. The obverse displays the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley.
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