Released on the 14th of February 2015, being the 40th anniversary of the Australian Honours System, this coin acknowledges the awe-inspiring bravery of those who have been awarded the Cross of Valour and the George Cross.
On 14 February 1975, the Australian Honours System was introduced to acknowledge the most outstanding contributions to the nation. In addition to the Order of Australia (for achievement or meritorious service to society) and the National Medal (which recognises 15 years of conscientious contributions in the police, defence or emergency services) are the Australian Bravery Decorations.
These prestigious decorations are awarded to recognise acts of incredible bravery and selfless heroism.
Prior to 1975, these acts of bravery were acknowledged with the George Cross.
With the establishment of the Honours System, the Cross of Valour has been awarded in its place to honour “acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.” In the 40 years that have passed, it has been awarded to five people, whose courage and bravery continue to inspire us today. The Reverse features the Cross of Valour and the names of its five recipients and the obverse features the George Cross, the names of its 22 recipients and the Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley.
The fine silver coin with exquisite gold plating was released by the Royal Australian Mint with a strictly limited edition of just 5,000 coins. This outstanding collectable is available from numismatic coin dealers.
On the 14th of February 2015, the Cross of Valour Patrons and members, the 5 Cross of Valour recipients, Australia's only living George Cross recipient, Mr Michael Pratt GC, Cpl Mark Donaldson VC, Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith VC,MG, Cpl Dan Keighran VC and Mr Doug Baird, representing Cpl Cameron Baird VC,MG attended the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. Dame Quentin Bryce AD,CVO, the Cross of Valour recipients and Mr Michael Pratt GC were all given the unique opportunity to strike an Australian Bravery Coin. As a gesture of thanks and good will, the President of the Cross of Valour Association, Mr Allan Sparkes CV,VA presented the CEO of Royal Australian Mint, Mr Ross MacDiarmid a framed set of the Cross of Valour recipients citations, photographs, signature cards from the 5 recipients, a replica of the Cross of Valour and Queens Diamond Jubilee medals and an Australian Bravery Coin.