28 June 2019
Two new coins inspired by a peace medal issued to Australian schoolchildren at the end of the First World War have been issued by Royal Australian Mint for the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
The two legal tender coins commemorate the historic signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June, 1919 - one hundred years ago today.
The signing of the Treaty of Versailles took place in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles on 28 June, 1919 as part of the Paris Peace Conference. Among the 32 signatories, was the Prime Minister of Australia at the time, Billy Hughes.
Royal Australian Mint CEO, Ross MacDiarmid explained how the coins highlight this key moment in Australian and international history: “These coins mark one hundred years today since Australia became a signatory to the Treaty of Versailles, a document acknowledging our country’s full national status as the Commonwealth of Australia."
The 2019 Treaty of Versailles $1 Uncirculated coin is available in a limited mintage of 20,000, retailing for $15.00. The 2019 Treaty of Versailles $5 Fine Silver proof coin is available in a limited mintage of 2,000 retailing for $100.00.
The coins are Australian legal tender and can be purchased from the Mint’s website
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