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30 Years of Police Remembrance Commemorated by Royal Australian Mint

Police Remembrance Day Commemorative Coin by Royal Australian Mint ……

The 30th anniversary of National Police Remembrance Day to honor Australia’s police forces is marked with a colored $2 commemorative coin by the Royal Australian Mint, following the release of a circulating coin of the same design.

Royal Australian Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid, Police Federation of Australia CEO Scott Weber, Royal Australian Mint coin designer Adam Ball, and Policing Legatees Emily O’Donohue and Jack O’Donohue launched the coins in the video below.

The Royal Australian Mint’s responsible minister, the Minister for Housing & Assistant Treasurer, the Honorable Michael Sukkar said: “This coin not only commemorates the 30th Anniversary of Police Remembrance but serves as an everyday reminder of the sacrifices made by Australia’s police forces.”

“On this remembrance day, it’s a way that we pay tribute to the families, the colleagues, and the members that have been gone before,” said Mr. Weber.

“With this 30 year anniversary of police remembrance day and the special minting of the $2 coin, this is a real way for the community to reflect on all that police officers do. When you do use that coin and when you do look at that coin, remember the police officers that are out there on the street right now keeping you safe,” Weber also said.

National Police Remembrance Day is held every year on September 29 to remember police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The significance of the date September 29 being ‘the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of police and peacemakers’. The observance of National Police Remembrance Day grants police the opportunity to commemorate their fallen colleagues and ensure their legacies are preserved; enable family members to grieve and honor their lost loved ones; and act as a reminder to the public of the ultimate price that police might be called upon to pay, as they protect and serve the Australian people.

“Police Remembrance Day remembers the service of all police officers across Australia, those that have been killed in the line of duty and passed away whilst they were in the service. It’s a very important day to reflect on the contribution made by policing in Australia,” said Ms. O’Donohue.

“It’s for every police officer around Australia past or present,” said Mr. O’Donohue.

The new coin design resembles a police badge, incorporating St. Edwards Crown (often referred to as the ‘Queen’s Crown’) in the center, and the seven-pointed Commonwealth Star (also known as the Star of Federation), which represents the 1901 Federation of Australia. The star is surrounded by a wreath, which represents victory. The blue and white chequered pattern known as a Sillitoe Tartan (commonly known as ‘dicing’) is used by police forces throughout Australia and is displayed on uniforms and vehicles. This coin design unifies all of Australia’s police forces in a spirit of solemn remembrance and gratitude.

The 30th Anniversary of the National Police Remembrance Day – 2019 $2 Coloured Uncirculated ‘C’ Mintmark Coin is available in a limited mintage of 40,000 – retailing for $15.00 AUD (about $11 USD). The coins are Australian legal tender and can be purchased from the Mint’s website or Contact Centre (1300 652 020).

Royal Australian Mint
Royal Australian Mint
The Royal Australian Mint is an award-winning, world-class Mint and a global leader in the mint industry. The Mint produces circulating coins for Australia and other countries; collectible and investment coins for domestic and international customers; and custom-made medals, medallions, and tokens for individual or corporate clients. The Mint is also a national cultural attraction that educates millions of Australians and international visitors on the history of Australia’s decimal currency, and the significance and value of coins.

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