The Royal Australian Navy will soon be celebrating 100 years since it was officially created and to help celebrate this important fact the Perth Mint of Australia has issued the 2011 Royal Australian Navy Centennial 1oz Silver Proof Coin.
Shown on the reverse of the strike is a design emblematic of the Australian Navy. It was designed by Wade Robinson and shows two ships of the fleet - the first is the HMAS Yarra, the River Class Torpedo Boat Destroyer originally commissioned in 1910 and the second, the modern warship HMAS Anzac. Of interest, the Anzac is the third ship in the fleet to carry that historic name.
Also shown on the reverse are the inscriptions of "Royal Australian Navy," "100 Years" and "1911-2011." The Perth Mint's historic 'P' mintmark is found on the reverse as well.
The obverse of the Australian Navy Silver Coin contains Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. As legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, her portrait is required on the coin. Surrounding her image are the inscriptions of "Queen Elizabeth II," "Australia," "2011" and "1 Dollar."
The Royal Australian Navy was initially created from the vessels left in the colonies for self defense by the British government. After the creation of the Federation of Australia in 1901, these vessels were turned over to Australia and the Australian Navy was established. It was given the official title of "Royal Australian Navy" on July 10, 1911 by King George V.
Since its creation, the Australian Navy has operated with distinction. This can be exemplified by the service provided during World War II when it conducted many operations in the Pacific Theater alongside the Royal Navy and the naval forces of the United States of America.
Each of these coins is struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver by the Perth. A maximum mintage of only 7,500 has been indicated with each strike having a diameter of 40.6 mm and a thickness of 4mm.
The coins may be purchased directly from the Perth by the link provided on the Australian Navy Silver Coin page.