Nurses have served alongside Australia’s military forces in every conflict and peacekeeping mission since 1879. To pay tribute to their continuous service and legacy, the Perth Mint has released a special commemorative coin to coincide with Anzac Day.
Designed by head designer, Wade Robinson, the $1 collector coin recognises the significant role of nurses in our military history and symbolically portrays nurses from both world wars. A bugler in silhouette, the inscription “Lest We Forget” and the date of Anzac Day, April 25, also feature in the design.
“Australian and New Zealand Defence Force nurses and those in peacekeeping missions often suffered the same deprivations as their patients, and sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The commemorative coin honours their efforts and bravery,” said the mint’s chief executive, Ed Harbuz.
Since the annual coin series was launched at the West Australian War Memorial in 2009, the commemorative themes have included Remembrance (2009), the Royal Australian Navy (2010), and the Royal Australian Air Force (2011).
To celebrate the release of the uncirculated coin, Nursing Review is offering readers the chance to win one in an illustrated envelope.
To enter the competition, tell us in 200 words or less about a military nurse (living or dead) who you most admire and why? Email your name, address and a response to the following question to [email protected] The competition closes 5pm, Wednesday May 23. The five best answers will receive the coin and will have their answers published in the June edition of Nursing Review. Winners will be notified by email.Do you have an idea for a story?
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