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2005 90th Anniversary of GallipoliIn the early morning of 25 April 1915, the ANZACs rowed towards the shore of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. As they reached the beach, the Turks began shooting from the hills. The ANZACs kept on going... By that first evening 16,000 men had been landed - of those over 2000 Australians had been killed or wounded.
The whole Gallipoli operation cost 28,000 Australian casualties, including over 8700 deaths.
In memory of those brave men who lost their lives at Gallipoli the Royal Australian Mint has minted the 2005 $1 Coin to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the ANZACs landing on Gallipoli.
Vladimir Gottwald has created a silhouette image of an Australian bugler playing the Last Post as the sun sets over the beaches of Gallipoli.
The beauty of the design lies in its simple message ‘Lest We Forget’ and is an opportunity for us to remember and honour the sacrifices of the more than 102,000 Australians who have died in wars and conflicts.
The release of the "G" mint mark at the Australian War Memorial (AWM), was the scene for some very controversial behavior. The RAM had worked quite an extensive media campaign in the time leading up to this release, working the public into what, in retrospect, can only be described as a wild feeding frenzy.
Rumours of two coin dealers trying to corner the entire market for these coins, leaving many collectors and other dealers without the opportunity to obtain this issue also poured fuel onto the flames.
The RAM then imposed a limit of 2 per customer both at the Mint Your Own (MYO) Press at the AWM and when releasing the "heavy press" coins. This limit fed the hype surrounding this issue even more.
The 2 per customer limit was then dropped after a month or two and the remaining coins sold very quickly.
A new phenomenon appeared with G MYO Vouchers. Apparently some customers were given a voucher to redeem their G MYO coins but for what-ever reasons did not. These came to the attention of collectors by a Ebay auction held by Hany (?, last name never released) shortly after the AWM debacle.
The RAM came in for some quite intense criticism from collectors and dealers, a lot of finger pointing was going on but little was been revealed. Much debate went on and many stories surfaced, emails were sent and replies published, an open letter to Dr Vivienne Thom by Mick Vort-Ronald on the 12th of May 2005 was published in the July 2005 Edition of Australasian Coin and Banknote Magazine on page 49.
The Sydney ANDA Fair saw the appearance of a new error, a MYO coin without a mint mark. Reports indicate at least 2 surfaced.
2005 July CAB Volume 8 Number 6:
p49 Mick Vort-Ronald, Dr Vivienne Thom, Open Letter regarding "G" Mint mark issue.