The Royal Australian Mint released a new $5 1oz silver coin to mark the passage of 100 years since the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which brought an end to the First World War. Australia got involved in the war to defend the empire of Great Britain.

The design of the new coin is inspired by the 1919 Peace Medal – Triumph of Liberty & Justice, which was presented to Australian schoolchildren to mark the end of the First World War. The medal features two flying doves on a pedestal figure, with one figure appears in chains on the left and another entangled in a bush on the right. “Peace 2019” is inscribed above “Australia” at the bottom of the coin.

The obverse displays an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley. 

The Treaty of Versailles is considered to be one of the most peace treaties ever signed as it put an end to five years of fighting that engulfed the European Continent. The treaty ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers when it was signed on 28 June 1919 in Versailles. The First World War erupted after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

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Source: Royal Australian Mint