The Sands of Gallipoli 2007 The Spirit Collection

At 4.30am on April 25th 1915, as dawn's first dim light illuminated the narrow beach and towering cliffs of the Gallipoli Peninsular, the first wave of Anzacs landed amid a torrent of enemy fire. These, the brave men of the AIF 3rd Brigade under Major General E.G. Sinclair-MacLagan, relentlessly charged the waiting Turkish soldiers, pushing across the beach and up the steep cliffs. Within 24 hours, despite continued and fierce enemy fire, 12,000 troops were ashore and the beachhead secured. But a great cost was exacted in this the largest amphibious invasion of its time. In just one day 2,000 Australians had given their lives on the beach at Gallipoli.

Amid the bloodied battle weary that landed on that fateful April day, was John Simpson Kirkpatrick of the Australian Army Medical Corps. A strapping lad born in England in 1892, he was well suited as a stretcher-bearer. ‘Simpson’ had little regard for the formalities of military life. But this larrikin lad had a fierce commitment to his fellow Anzacs. When a lack of stretcher-bearers gave rise to fears that men would be left to die on the frontline Simpson decided he could do better alone. He commandeered a donkey and more than a dozen times each day he and his donkey traversed Gallipoli’s most treacherous ground. Each day he shrugged off warnings of peril, retorting “my worries” to those concerned. The ‘man with the donkey’ continued to ferry hundreds of wounded and dying to care. But on the morning of May 19th 1915 Simpson fell to Turkish guns. Although never decorated for his valour, this young man has come to embody the Anzac Spirit.


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Sands of Gallipoli 2007 Lapel Pin

This quality lapel pin is designed to be worn and would be an outstanding addition to any collection. Featuring the 1904 Rising Sun hat badge swinging from a highly polished silver plated disc containing a cylindrical vial of Gallipoli sand. Packaged in an acrylic display case. Size: 20 x 23mm. $9.95.
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Sands of Gallipoli 2007 Key Ring

A stylish and functional key ring, featuring two masterfully recreated iconic images from Gallipoli. On one side is the 1904 Rising Sun hat badge and on the other is a hand engraved image of Simpson and his donkey. The key ring is finished in highly polished two-tone plating, gold and silver, and incorporates authentic sand from Gallipoli housed in a cylindrical vial that enables the sand to flow freely. Packaged in an acrylic display case. Size: 40 x 65mm. $15.95.
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Sands of Gallipoli 2007 Medallion

A beautifully made collectable medallion, featuring two iconic Gallipoli images. On one side you will find the 1904 Rising Sun hat badge and on the other is a skilfully hand engraved recreation of Simpson and his donkey. The design incorporates highly polished two-tone plating, gold and silver, and authentic sand from Gallipoli housed in a cylindrical vial that enables the sand to flow freely. Packaged in an acrylic display case. Size: 55mm. $19.95.
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Sands of Gallipoli 2007 Limited Editions Medallions Set of Two

The set contains two proof quality double-sided medallions minted from brass alloy , finished in highly polished gold and silver plate and housed in plastic coin capsules. The iconic images featured this year are “The Landing” and “Simpson and his donkey”. The set includes a replica 1904 rising sun hat badge and a vial of authentic sand from Gallipoli. Packaged in a quality leather and steel box, 200mm x 90mm high.

Medallion size: 50mm x 4.5mm thick

Each set comes with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.
Limited mintage guarantee: No more than 10,000 sets will be released.

$79.95.
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