As 2001 marked 100 years since the joining together of the individual self-governing British colonies to form the federation of Australia, the Royal Australian Mint celebrated with a number of specially designed coin collections and series to pay tribute to the historical event. This particular series focuses on the men and women that made a significant contribution to the Federation movement. The reverse of each of the coins bears up to three portraits people stuck onto pure silver. The high quality finish that is achieved on these commemorative silver coins makes them made them a popular addition to any sized collection. This series has a limited mintage of just 10,000. The Centenary of Federation issues from the RAM were finished off with a special Finale Hologram Coin.
Before the continent that we know today as Australia become one nation, it consisted of individual self-governing British colonies. During the mid-late 19th century the idea of a Federation to unify the colonies was considered but it wasn't until 1900 that the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act was passed and given Royal Assent by Queen Victoria.1 On the 1st January 1901 Sir Edmond Barton was signed in as the interim Prime Minister of Australia and collectively the colonies became the states of the Commonwealth of Australia. The two ladies to whom this coin pays tribute are the wives of two of Australia's earliest Prime Ministers, Sir Edmund Barton and Sir George Reid. Flora Reid was appointed a Dame Grand Cross for her work with soldiers injured during the war.