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Australia 2012-P Famous Battles in Australian History #4 - Battle of Kapyong Korean War 1951 AD $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color
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Remember the heroism of Australian and Canadian troops in the fight against Communism during the Korean War, on this military pure silver dollar!
The Korean War began in 1950, when Communist forces of North Korea suddenly invaded South Korea, overrunning U.S. troops in the process. The Americans were squeezed into a small perimeter around Pusan harbor, which they effectively defending while United Nations troops and supplies poured in. General Douglas MacArthur conceived the bold stroke of landing at Inchon, north of Seoul and well behind enemy lines. The landing was successful and sent the North Korean forces reeling all the way to the border with China, the Yalu River. In order to aid their communist brethren, the Red Chinese crossed the Yalu River and fought the U.S. 1st Marine Division at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, setting the stage for the Battle of Kapyong. The color image on the coin depicts the Australian soldiers photographed at Kapyong.
Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint are honored to present the new Famous Battles in Australian History Series. Following on the heels of the tremendously well received Famous Battles of History and Famous Naval Battles programs, the Famous Battles in Australian History Series comprises legal tender, Australian, pure silver dollars commemorating five important conflicts that loom large in the consciousness of all Australians. All remember the heroic mettle and stalwart resolve of the Aussie soldiers, often against long odds. Please note that the mintage limit for coins in this program is only 5,000, not the customary 7,500 typical of Australian legal tender proof silver dollars!
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In Defense of Freedom, In Opposition to Communism
The Korean War began in June 1950, when North Korean forces launched an invasion of South Korea. The United Nations multinational force defended South Korea from the Communist forces, which included the Chinese People's Volunteer Army. The Australians were part of a force that was defending the Kapyong Valley, north of Seoul, during April 1951.
Kapyong came to be viewed as the most significant and important battle for Australian troops in Korea. In April of 1951, the Chinese launched their spring offensive with the aim of retaking the city of Seoul. They quickly overran South Korean forces defending one of the major approach routes into Seoul - the valley of the Kapyong River. During a night of fierce fighting and throughout the daylight hours of April 24th, the Australians and a Canadian battalion, supported by a New Zealand artillery regiment, stalled the Chinese advance before eventually withdrawing after dark. The Australians had helped hold off the Chinese 60th Division, thus preventing Seoul from falling into enemy hands for a second time.
The end of the Korean War came with the signing of an armistice on July 27, 1953, an armistice still in effect to this day. After the war ended, the presence of Australians in Korea continued with a peacekeeping force until 1957. Approximately 30,000 American troops remain in Korea near the DMZ as a peacekeeping force to this day.
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Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)
ANZAC army formations and units include both Australian and New Zealand troops. The term ANZAC originated as an acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, an army group of Australian and New Zealand troops who fought against the Ottoman Turks in 1915 at the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. This Australian and New Zealand Army Corps was disbanded in 1916 and other ANZAC formations were then formed and fought during that war in the Middle East and on the Western Front. The term ANZAC was used again during the Second World War and the Vietnam War as part of the name of battalions composed of Australian and New Zealand troops.
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Within Australasia, ANZAC came to stand not just for the troops in World War I, but for Australian and New Zealand soldiers in time of war more generally. ANZAC Day is observed annually in memory of those soldiers who died in war. It is celebrated each year by both countries on April 25th, the date of the first landing at Gallipoli in 1915, on a beach known as ANZAC Cove. ANZAC Day now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations. As such, it is very similar to days such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day and V-E Day that are celebrated in the United States, Canada, and other western countries.
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The Battle of Kapyong Silver Proof is the fourth in the ongoing Famous Battles in Australian History Series, to be released by the Perth Mint. Coins commemorating the following battles are planned:
Gallipoli Campaign, 1915 AD - World War I
Siege of Tobruk, 1941 AD - World War II
Kokoda Track Campaign, 1942 AD - World War II
Battle of Kapyong, 1951 AD - Korean War
Battle of Long Tan, 1966 AD - Vietnam War
+ Five Coin Display Box
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The Complete 5-Coin Collection consisting of all five different Famous Australian Battles Silver Dollars may be available - click here to see if it is!
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.
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The coins obverse portrays an Australian soldier wearing wearing Korean War era kit. The color image depicts Australian troops photographed at Kapyong. The legend KAPYONG 1951 defines the theme. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is near 8:00 on the edge.
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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II and denomination also appear.
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The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
|Mint||Perth Mint of Australia|
|Year of Issue||2012|
|Face Value||One Dollar|
|Gauge (Thickness)||4.00 mm|
|Finish||Proof with Color|
|Composition||.999 Fine (Pure) Silver|
|Edge||Reeded (milled, serrated)|
|Artist||Wade Robinson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)