The five dollar denomination of the Australian dollar (written as $5) is served by a banknote for normal daily transactions.
From time to time, the Royal Australian Mint also issues $5 coins for collectors (Non-Circulating Legal Tender, or NCLT). Some special coins, such as this one, are made with a triangular shape.
This commemorative $5 coin is the fourth triangular issue in the Royal Australian Mint's ANZAC Centenary Coin Program and is dedicated to the "Front Line Angels" - the nurses that took part in the war.
The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was a First World War army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. It was formed in Egypt in December 1914, and operated during the Gallipoli campaign. General William Birdwood commanded the corps, which primarily consisted of troops from the First Australian Imperial Force and 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force, although there were also British and Indian units attached at times throughout the campaign. The corps disbanded in 1916, following the Allied evacuation of the Gallipoli peninsula and the formation of I ANZAC Corps and II ANZAC Corps.
The Mint says about the coin:
"The contribution and efforts of nurses are being recognised through the Royal Australian Mint’s (the Mint’s) special release of a triangular commemorative collectible silver coin ahead of tomorrow’s International Nurses Day. Featuring the spectacular stained glass artwork created by Napier Waller at the Australian War Memorial, this triangular coin reflects on the tireless devotion of service nurses.
While this coin is particularly focused on the critical role nurses have played in Australian military history, the Mint is taking the opportunity to spread the awareness of the contribution all nurses make to our lives and society.As we continue to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary we thought it important to look beyond the battlefields and recognise those that played an important role in caring for the sick and wounded during those times.
This coin release also allows us to share a broader message at this time of International Nurses Day to remind everyone of the work that nurses do all around the world with such courage and dedication.”
The coins were released in frosted Proof FDC grade, in special gift packaging with a Certificate of Authenticity. No coins of this type were released into circulation.