Australian $1 Coins

2003 Vietnam Veterans

Honouring the service of our Vietnam veterans, the style of the $1 aluminium bronze coin is intended to be contemporary, simple and clean. Its design mirrors and harks back to the dramatic architectural elements of the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial in Canberra’s Anzac Parade; a central point of pilgrimage for so many of our Veterans from all over Australia.
The memorial’s elevated central ring, which contains the names of those Australians who lost their lives while serving in Vietnam, features strongly in the coin design. The major pictorial image on the holder and outer sleeve is of the Memorial at night and it is these features of the Memorial that are highlighted on the coin.

This coin is to honour all the service personnel, who served in Vietnam. And whilst it celebrates the efforts of our returned troops, this coin also pays tribute to those 519, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of this country.
An interesting aside is the how this figure seems to grow over the years, shortly after the conflict the official figure was 496 killed with 8 missing in action, during the 90's this got amended to to 504 killed. Then around 2000 the toll was pushed up to 519 and in 2005 it is 520.
The coin is housed in a presentation card containing a short history of the conflict, commissioned by the Mint from a military historian with the Australian War Memorial. The presentation card and coin slip into a specially designed envelope.

Nominal Specifications

Issues Released
Denomination: $1
Metal: 92% Copper
2% Nickel
6% Aluminum
Mass: 9 grams
Diameter: 25 mm

Large Folder with Sleeve