Launch of Monash Commemorative Coins
The legacy of General Sir John Monash been recognised in two commemorative coins produced by the Royal Australian Mint.
The coins, produced by the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint), pay tribute to one of our most distinguished Australians. A brilliant military tactician, Sir John Monash played a pivotal role in Australia’s participation in the First World War
The $1 and $5 coins were launched at Monash University on behalf of the Australian Government by Hon Michael Sukkar MP, who acknowledged Sir John Monash’s extraordinary contribution to Australian society.
“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,” Mr Sukkar said.
“It is fitting that the Royal Australian Mint has acknowledged Sir John Monash’s significance through these coins. They are a tangible keepsake and a reminder of the story and achievements of one of Australia’s greatest figures.”
In a speech given before a bronze statue of Sir John Monash, Monash University's Provost and Senior Vice-President, Professor Marc Parlange, noted the significance of Sir John Monash as a scholar, engineer, soldier and nation builder, as well the importance of his legacy in shaping Monash University.
“He was a man who, above all, sought to use his education and abilities for the benefit of the community,” said Parlange.
The coins’ release arrives ahead of the Centenary of ANZAC, marking 100 years since Sir John Monash’s important achievements on the Western Front. In 1918, the Australian Army achieved its greatest victories in World War One against the retreating German forces. It did so under Sir John Monash’s command.
The 2018 $5 Fine Silver Proof Coin and the 2018 $1 Uncirculated Coin are available here.