COMMEMORATING the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, the Royal Australian Mint has released coins depicting the female figure of peace.
The detailed coin design is inspired by the “Peace Medal – Triumph of Liberty & Justice”, first issued to schoolchildren throughout Australia to mark the end of World War I.
Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid said the coin theme and its impactful design highlights a key moment in Australian and international history.
United Nations Association of Australia national executive director, Lachlan Hunter, said Australia’s role at the Paris Peace Conference 100 years ago represented an important milestone in our history, as an independent and active member of the global community.
The Treaty of Versailles was the first political treaty signed by Australian officials, in effort to establish the conditions of peace ending World War I and Australia’s involvement in the negotiation of the international treaty’s terms marked Australia’s independence under international law, and established the country as a founding member of the new League of Nations (now known as the United Nations).
Among the 32 signatories, was the Prime Minister of Australia at the time, Billy Hughes.