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Tuvalu 2007 Battleships of World War II - IJN Yamato $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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Big Guns! The battlewagons of WWII are remembered in this 5 coin series from the Perth Mint!

Sold out at the Mint! For nearly a century, the big gunned, heavily armored battleship ruled the high seas. Countries around the world invested huge sums of money into these oceanic leviathans, as a country's battle fleet was not just a military deterrent but also a reflection and source of national pride. Many more nations than you might suspect operated dreadnoughts, including Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey, as well as the great powers of France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States. Capital ships reached the pinnacle of their The battlship IJN Yamato steams at high speed during her outfitting trials in 1941, the Rising Sun ensing clearly visible at her stern.development with the fast battleships of the Second World War. It is these ships that are the focus of this five coin program.

The Perth Mint of Australia has done the grand battlewagons of World War II proud! Each large (40.60 mm diameter), pure silver coin’s obverse portrays not one, but two, views of each ship! The main image is a dynamic portrayal of the dreadnought in action. In a cartouche underneath is a profile or side view of the ship, with its name below and its length indicated in meters. Both images are meticulously engraved and show the fine details of the ship.

The Great Warships of the Second World War Coin Program features five of the most famous and powerful battlewagons, representing three Allied nations (Great Britain, the United States of America, and the Soviet Union (USSR)) and two Axis powers (Germany and Japan). The stories of these magnificent ships are forever etched in naval lore as a result of their powerful symbolism, epic encounters and courageous crews. The complete series comprises the following battleships:

    • USS Missouri
    • DKM Bismarck
    • HMS Hood
    •USSR Sevastopol
    • IJN Yamato
    • Fighting Ships of World War II Complete 5 Coin Set

Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information about Tuvalu and its association with Australia.

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IJN Yamato
IJN Yamato, named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, was a battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy and flagship of the Japanese Combined Fleet during World War II. She was lead ship of her class. She and her sister ship, IJN Musashi, were the largest, heaviest, and most powerful battleships ever constructed, displacing 72,800 tonnes at full load, and armed with nine 18.1 inch main guns, the largest guns ever mounted on a warship.

Constructed between 1937 and 1940 and formally commissioned in 1941, Yamato became the flagship of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in May 1942, first sailing as part of the Combined Fleet in the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Yamato was subsequently involved in every major surface naval battle of the Pacific War except the Guadalcanal Campaign.

Dispatched a one-way suicide mission by the Japanese high command to Okinawa in April, 1945, Yamato was sent to the bottom by U.S. air power. She succumbed to repeated attacks by the carrier-based planes of Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher's Task Force 58, including F6F Hellcat fighters, SB2C Helldiver dive bombers and TBD Avenger torpedo bombers. She had been hit by at least 8 torpedoes and 15 bombs. Only 280 of Yamato's 2,778 crewmen survived her sinking, which foreshadowed the demise of the Japanese Empire. Her wreckage location is well known and has been surveyed.

The battleship USS Iowa firing a broadside from its massive guns.Ship Specifications and

Displacement:    65,027 tonnes
Length:    862 ft 10 in overall
Beam:    121 ft overall
Draft:    36 ft maximum
Propulsion: 12 Kampon boilers
    driving 4 steam turbines
Speed:    27 knots
Range:    7,200 nautical miles
Complement:    2,500–2,800

Armament (1945)
9 x 18.1" guns (3x3)
6 x 6.1 in (2x3)
24 x 5 in
162 x 1" anti-aircraft
4 x .50 caliber machine guns
6 x 21" torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried:    7 (2 catapults)

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Technology Note
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 battleship Yamato steams at high speed on her final suicide mission to Okinawa, appropriately enough with the sun rising one last time over the greatest battleship ever built. A profile view of the ship appears below in a cartouche, with its name and length in meters indicated.

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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 drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Battleship Yamato with full packagingPackaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a luxurious black 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.

Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2007
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness) 4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist "JG" (obverse)
Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered


The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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