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Tuvalu 2007 Battleships of World War II - Complete 5-Coin Collection - Bismarck, Hood, Missouri, Sevastopol and Yamato $1 Pure Silver Dollars Proof Set with Color

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Big Guns! The battlewagons of WWII are remembered in this 5 coin proof set 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 U.S.S. Missouri fires a salvo from her 16 inch guns!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

The Complete Set of Five World War II Battlewagons!
5 Coins in the battleship set
(please click to enlarge)

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

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Please note, this Five Coin Proof Set consists of one of each of the five battleship coins in individual presentation cases, each with its own individually numbered certificate. Although the five coins were also issued as a set in a single package with a single certificate, we are sold out of that packaging option. However, the coins themselves in this set of singly-packaged proofs are the same coins as in that set.

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U.S.S. Missouri
The battleship USS Iowa firing a broadside from its massive guns.USS Missouri (BB-63) (nicknamed the "Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") is a U.S. Navy Iowa-class battleship, and was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri, the last battleship built by the United States and perhaps the fastest battleship ever built, was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II. Please see the full article on the surrender, with image, lower in this presentation.

Missouri received a total of eleven battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf, and was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992, but remained on the Naval Vessel Register until her name was struck in January 1995. In 1998 she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Missouri's bow faces U.S.S. Arizona and her memorial, only 500 yards away, so the new ship stands watch over the remains of Arizona and her crew interred within. In this way the ships where the Second World War began and ended for the United States are united in forever history.

The USS Missouri $1 Silver Proof with Color is also available individually. Please click here for a more detailed presentation of this great ship, including additional photos and an in-depth look at the signing of the Japanese instrument of surrender, which occurred on her decks and officially ended the Second World War.

DKM Bismarck
The German battleship Bismarck is one of the most famous warships of the Second World War. The lead ship of her class, named after the 19th century German chancellor Otto von Bismarck, Bismarck displaced more than 50,000 tons fully loaded and was the largest warship The German battleship Bismarck fires a salvo from its mighty 15 inch main batterythen commissioned. Her chief claim to fame came from the Battle of the Denmark Strait in May 1941 during which the battlecruiser HMS Hood, flagship of the Home Fleet and pride of the Royal Navy, was sunk within several minutes. In response, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the order to "Sink the Bismarck", spurring a relentless pursuit by the Royal Navy.

Two days later, with safer waters almost in reach, Fleet Air Arm aircraft torpedoed Bismarck and jammed her rudder, allowing heavy British units to catch up with her. In the ensuing battle on the morning of 27 May 1941, Bismarck was heavily attacked for nearly three hours before sinking.

The DKM Bismarck $1 Silver Proof with Color is also available individually. Please click here for a more detailed presentation of this great ship, including additional photos.

HMS Hood
The British battlecruiser HMS Hood in more peaceful times, circa 1932His Majesty's Ship Hood was a British battlecruiser, the pride of the Royal Navy during the interwar period and at the beginning of World War II. Known as "The Mighty Hood" she was the longest warship in the world for over 20 years and represented the naval supremacy and technology of Great Britain. But her impressive looks belied serious design defects which would prove fatal - as a battlecruiser she had been built with the 15" main battery of a battleship, but was considerably less well armored to allow for greater speed. Destroyed by Bismarck during the epic hunt for the German raider, Hood sank in 3 minutes, taking all but 3 of her crew of 1,418 men with her.

The HMS Hood $1 Silver Proof with Color is also available individually. Please click here for a more detailed presentation of this great ship, including additional photos and the complete story of her tragic demise.

The battleship USSR Sevastopol in dry dock.USSR Sevastopol
Laid down for the Imperial Russian Navy in 1911 and completed in 1914, the battleship Sevastopol (of the Gangut class) was taken over by the Red Navy after the Revolution and renamed Parizhskaya Kommuna after the Paris Commune of 1871. She was transferred to the Black Sea Fleet in 1929. Arriving at Sevastopol on January 18, 1930 the ship became the flagship of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet. During the Great Patriotic War she took part in the Defense of Sevastopol (1941-1942) and later in other military actions of the Black Sea Fleet. In particular, approaching occupied Sevastopol in December 1942, she opened fire on Nazi positions, destroying 13 tanks, 8 field guns, and over 40 trucks She was renamed Sevastopol in 1943 and awarded the Order of the Red Banner on July 8, 1945. She was scrapped in 1957.

The USSR Sevastopol $1 Silver Proof with Color is also available individually. Please click here for a more detailed presentation of this great ship, including additional photos.

IJN Yamato
The battlship IJN Yamato steams at high speed during her outfitting trials in 1941, the Rising Sun ensing clearly visible at her stern.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.

Sent on 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 IJN Yamato $1 Silver Proof with Color is also available individually. Please click here for a more detailed presentation of this great ship, including additional photos.

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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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Obverse
Each famous battleship is depicted in action in a dramatic portrayal, in frosted cameo relief with full color. A smaller, profile view of each ship is also provided in an oval cartouche below the main image. The name of each ship and its length in meters is indicated on the respective coins.

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Reverse
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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Packaging
Each coin is individually encapsulated inside its own 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 for each coin is also included.
SpecificationsThe battleship U.S.S. Missouri sails the high seas following her refit during the Reagan era in the 1980s.
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2007
   
Face Value 5 Dollars (5 x 1 Dollar)
Weight 155.675 g (5 x 31.135 g)
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness) 4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000 per coin
   
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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