General Sir John Monash’s legacy as a scholar, engineer, solider and nation builder was today recognised by Hon. Michael Sukkar MP with the release of two unique commemorative coins produced by the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint).
Mr Sukkar, who launched the coins at Monash University today, said it was significant that Sir John Monash’s story and achievements could continue to be told through coinage.
“Sir John Monash was an outstanding commander during World War One, the first General Manager of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, a highly successful businessman and a brilliant thinker and leader.
“It is fitting that the Royal Australian Mint has acknowledged Sir John Monash’s significance with these coins. They are a tangible keepsake and a reminder of the story and achievements of one of Australia’s greatest figures,” Mr Sukkar said.
Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, said the university was proud to bear Sir John Monash’s name and to celebrate his contributions across many areas of Australian life.
“With the forthcoming Centenary of ANZAC and the 100th anniversary of Sir John Monash’s important achievements on the Western Front, these honorary coins are an important celebration of Sir John Monash’s extraordinary legacy,” she said.
Royal Australian Mint CEO, Ross MacDiarmid, said the Mint was proud to commemorate Sir John Monash.
“The Mint tells the Australian story through the creation of minted treasures. These coins continue our long tradition of marking Australia’s heritage and serve as a reminder of Sir John Monash’s immense contributions to Australia,” Mr MacDiarmid said.
The 2018 $5 Fine Silver Proof Coin and the 2018 $1 Uncirculated Coin are available from the Mint: www.eshop.ramint.gov.au.
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