Australia Honours Returned and Services League

Australia's Returned and Services League(RSL) is an organization whose stated purpose it is to ensure “for the well-being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-service Defense Force members and their dependents”. The organization was created during the first World War and this year celebrates it's centenary.

The RSL was founded in Australia in 1916 by returning soldiers from World War I with the aim of continuing to provide the camaraderie, concern, and mateship shown amongst the Australian diggers while they were at war. Since its foundation, the RSL has grown to 1,200 sub-branches Australia-wide with more than 170,000 members, making it the largest ex-service organization in the country.

australia_2016_rsl_dollar_fdc In order to commemorate the organization's 100th birthday Australia is issuing the RSL Centenary Stamp & Coin Cover. The fdc includes a legal tender Australian $1 coin depicting the RLS badge on it's reverse with the inscription of : “RSL CENTENARY LEST WE FORGET”. The dates of “1916” and “2016” appear on either side of the badge.

The cover itself is printed with a blue grey background depicting the RLS badge. On the left is an area printed to resemble a red medal ribbon with the aluminum bronze alloy coin seated at it's centre. “RLS” AND “1916 – 2016” appear just above.

On the right is a RLS commemorative $1 postage stamp. The postmark reads “ RLS 1916 – 2016 FIRST DAY OF ISSUE 31 MAY 2016”.

australia_rls_fdcThe special first day cover is, at the time of writing, being sold by the Perth Mint for AUS $16.32

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