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Tuvalu 2010-P Battle Tanks of World War II 5-Coin $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof Set with Color

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Treasure the military might of five legendary World War II tanks in this EXPLOSIVE 5-coin proof set, struck in pure silver!

Sold out at the Mint! During World War I, Field Marshall Horatio Herbert Kitchener was Secretary of State for War, in charge of the overseeing the entire, massive British war effort. At the time, trench warfare in France and Belgium had resulted in hitherto unimagined casualties and a massive stalemate. In response, the British were developing a top-secret mobile weapon, code-named "tank". Upon seeing this newfangled, smoke-belching contraption, Kitchener derogatorily commented, "A pretty mechanical toy but with very limited military value." WRONG!

A German Tiger I Battle Tank, restored.Kitchener was a military superstar, yet history proved him incorrect. With their devastating firepower, stalwart armor and speedy mobility, tanks came to dominate the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific during the Second World War. They not only supplanted and replaced the traditional role of the cavalry as a fast striking force (as Germany employed its panzer divisions during blitzkrieg lightning war), but also provided a strongpoint around which the infantry could rally (similar to mounted medieval knights). These mobile fortresses proved unexpectedly adaptable, with flamethrower tanks, amphibious tanks, and anti-mine flail tanks all providing noteworthy service.

Today the M1 Abrams main battle tank of the United States Army and Marines continues this legacy, with more than 1,100 having been deployed during the war in Iraq, including in non-traditional environments. During the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004, the U.S. Marines defeated the insurgents and captured the city in fierce, urban, building-to-building combat, in part because they brought in two extra brigades of M1s.

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The Complete Set of Five Legendary World War II Battle Tanks!
The complete set of five one ounce pure silver Tanks of WWII Coins
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US_Marines_M4_Sherman_Flamethrower_Tank_on_Iwo_Jima_1945 Drawing on original photographs, diagrams and schematics for inspiration, the Perth Mint has created this exquisite Battle Tanks of World War II 5 Coin Silver Proof Set, celebrating the most legendary land behemoths of the Second World War! The large (40.60 mm diameter), pure silver coins each display one famous armored fighting vehicle, skillfully engraved with minute details and minted in frosted cameo relief, with each model's name indicated on each respective silver dollar! Look carefully at the background and you can see the national military insignia of each major combatant, along with a tread track motif overlaying the WWII logo. The colorization is spectacular and the devices are meticulously engraved to show the fine details, as you have come to expect from the Perth Mint.

The five different tanks memorialized on these proof coins include:
    M4 Sherman - United States (emblem: U.S. Army Star)
    Tiger I - Germany (emblem: Balkenkreuz Iron Cross)
    Type 97 Chi-Ha - Japan (emblem: Rising Sun)
    A22 Churchill - Great Britain (emblem: Union Jack)
    T-34 - Soviet Russia (USSR) (emblem: Hammer & Sickle)

With a total mintage limit of only 1,500 sets, and with previous multi-coin silver proof sets from the Perth Mint being among the hottest commodities in modern numismatics, we recommend getting your Battle Tanks of World War II Silver Proof Set now!

Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information about Tuvalu and its association with Australia, as well as a feature about the the talented designer of these coins, designer and artist Darryl Bellotti.

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The five coin Tanks of WWII set in its box

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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A Japanese Second World War II Type 97 Chi-Ha battle tank in camouflage paint scheme.Obverse
Each coin depicts a different battle tank of the Second World War, from one of five different major combatants, with each tank's model name indicated on the respective coin. The legend WWII defines the theme, and the military emblem of each combatant is depicted in the color section of the background. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is also located on each obverse.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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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The coins are encapsulated inside an elaborate, taupe leatherette presentation case lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color, outer cardboard box. The case has an internal, lift out coin tray that can be tilted up at an angle of 45 degrees for display. An individually numbered, color certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsUnited States M4_Sherman_Tanks_Disembarking_at_Anzio_Beachhead in Italy in 1944 during the Second World War II.
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2010
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    1,500 Sets
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Darryl Bellotti (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.

About The Artist - Darryl Bellotti, Indigenous Coin Designer
Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artist Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof animal coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work with one of his designs on the computer monitor screen!Much of the inspiration for Darryl Bellotti's stunning artistic creations comes from traditional Aboriginal art. Yet there is a contemporary, innovative feel to his work that stamps it with his own unique style. “You will identify it as Australian Indigenous art, but I also want you to recognize it as mine as soon as you see it,” is the way he explains his aim.

Darryl deliberately sets out to challenge people's understanding of what they perceive as Indigenous art. For example, he resists the use of too many dots, which would not have been successful in the context of his coin designs. He also strives for a modern edge, finding the design technology available at the Mint to be helpful. “I am an Indigenous person of Australia, but I'm also modern in the way that I can create artwork on the computer,” he says.

A single example of each of a silver, gold and platinum proof coin of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming Series of precious metal, aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian design coins from the Perth Mint. Behind the designs for The Dreaming Series lies Darryl's fascination with the interaction of Australia's native wildlife within the vast and varied landscape. The inspiration for each piece emerges as he imagines himself in the midst of the natural environment, where he relives the experience of its colors, warmth, textures and sounds in his mind. It comes naturally to him, having been brought up for an expected life in the bush.

Intensely familiar with many Australian native animals, Darryl observes them in his mind's eye, searching for a telling movement or posture which will reveal its experience. The different treatments of the kangaroo illustrate the result of this contemplative process.

Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artist Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof animal coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work to demonstrate one of his creations! On the silver coin he shows its power and speed – a reaction maybe to being startled by a predator or a bush fire. The colored element, symbolizing Australia's red dirt, seemingly explodes beneath the impact of its feet.

In contrast, the gold coin portrays the animal in a calm mood – its relaxed, comfortable stance revealing a tranquil, undisturbed moment, maybe at dusk as it comes out to feed.

With his platinum designs, Darryl subtly reminds us that the animals existed in harmony with the land long before the appearance of mankind. References to courtship rituals and progeny are used to symbolize their ancient process of renewal.

Aboriginal or native Indigenous Australian artists Darryl Bellotti, creator of the Discover Australia - The Dreaming series of silver, gold and platinum proof coins for the Perth Mint, takes a break from his work at the Mint! “I have an inherent ability to tell a story,” Darryl explains, “My art, as well as the music I write, is art of my story telling.” In the case of The Dreaming Series, it conveys the respect he has for the animals in the beauty of their own environment. The message reflects his optimism for the future. “It feels as though everyone is starting to wake up and see things the way my people have been taught for so long through ancient stories about the Dreaming

Each coin design, depicted with fluid shapes and patterns inspired by nature, represents Darryl's tribute to the animal. “My main hope is that people might say, 'Oh, why is this happening?', or 'Why is the animal doing that?' They may never have even seen a brolga before. If they think it's beautiful, they might learn a bit more about it. They might want to learn about the traditional people who live on the land inhabited by these animals.”

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