2019 $2 Repatriation Centenary Carded

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The First World War ‘Returned from Active Service’ badges were issued to returning Australian soldiers between 1914 to 1919; the badge depicts the St Edward’s Crown with the rising sun.  Below is a scroll with the text ‘AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES’.  Symbolically, the inclusion of this badge represents the commencement of the Repatriation.

The badge featured on the coin is framed by a circular colour print depicting black arrows and red and black petal motifs.  The arrows, inspired by the iconic Rising Sun, represent the journey home of Australian service personnel over the last 100 years.  The petals represent the Flanders Field poppy, an iconic symbol of remembrance, with each petal symbolising the six states and two territories of Australia.