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The Last ANZACS

1999 - 2000

ANZAC's are the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps which served during the first world war. The Last Anzacs refers to the last few surviving members who served at that time. The Royal Australian mint issued the commemorative one dollar in recognition of those gallant men. The reverse was designed by Wojciech Pietranik and shows the portrait of a young ANZAC with the legend , THE LAST ANZACS . The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right and crowned. The legend reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999. This coin was issued in 1999 with Sydney (S), Melbourne (M), Canberra (C), Brisbane (B), and Adelaide (A) counter-stamps. A variety without counter-stamps was also issued in 2000.

It was around 2.30am on 25th April, 1915, that the men of the Anzac Corps approached the west coast of Gallipoli in the ships of the invasion fleet. The Australian submarine AE2 entered the Dardanelles to disrupt Turkish sea communication to aid theANZAC'Sin their quest. The ill-fated mission will be forever etched into Australian history and the hearts of Australians as the loss of life was so immense. The Last Anzacs are the surviving members that landed in Gallipoli during the invasion. These men are fondly remembered for their dedication to duty and not forgetting that they had the unenviable trauma of losing so many comrades and friends often just yards away from them. We remember them always, but especially on Anzac Day which is celebrated annually on the 25th April to honour those we lost and pay our respects. There are many ceremonies held around the world to commemorate this day, indeed, in London, over 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets and a London newspaper headline dubbed them "the knights of Gallipoli" (Australian War Memorial, 2014). On the 16th May 2002, the last surviving Anzac, Alec William Campbell, aged 103, died. His passing meant that all the Anzacs are now laid to rest. The was a state funeral held at St David's Anglican Cathedral in Hobart, Tasmania and such was the significance that the Australian Prime Minister cut his China visit short to be in attendance.

Brisbane (B) counter-stamp on the 1999-B One Dollar (Last Anzacs) piece.

a facility that produces coinsA coin struck differing from the standard design to commemorate an eventThe tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coin(Australian War Memorial, 2014)

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS691999-S 53,2868.60131837424856824201999-M 49,8415.107.609.801619271301802001999-C 126,1616.901013273034705901,0001999-B 33,6347.401115303439921705301999-A 28,681         2000 47,830          MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1999 Silver Proof25,000596367717681Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.