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Niue 2012 Battle for Australia 1942 World War II 70th Anniversary - Complete 4-Coin Collection - Battle of Coral Sea, Bombing of Darwin, Midget Sub Attack on Sydney Harbor Harbour and Kokoda Track Campaign $1 Silver Dollar Proof Set with Color

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Get the COMPLETE COLLECTION of all FOUR hard-to-find, dramatic Battle for Australia 1942 World War II silver dollars - each in full color, with a mintage of only 1,942 sets!

This listing is for the COMPLETE 4-Coin Collection of all four different Battle for Australia 1942 silver dollar proofs!

Japanese_Coming_South_Battle_For_Australia_1942Sold out at the Mint!Honoring those who served during the darkest days of World War II. Unlike World War I, the Second World War brought with it the prospect of direct military action against the Australian homeland. With the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and their campaign of conquest across the Pacific, attacking the Philippines, Malaya, Thailand, and more, that prospect a reality. Japan achieved victory after victory in the early months of the Pacific War. With the enemy moving ever closer to the Southern Continent, Australians felt a very real fear of invasion throughout 1942 – a fear intensified as the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Bombing of Darwin, the midget submarine attacks on Sydney Harbor, and the Kokoda Track Campaign brought the horrors of war to their very doorstep.

This set marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle for Australia, offering both dramatic depictions of the desperate fight against the Japanese during World War II as well as tremendous value! Four large, 40 mm silver dollars with dynamic color scenes of the Second World War are encapsulated inside a luxurious, solid wood presentation case. The full color certificate of authenticity has a serial number that matches those on each of the four numbered, limited edition prints that are included FREE OF CHARGE! With a tiny mintage limit of only 1,942 sets, a quick sell out at the Mint has occurred (as with the 2009 Captain James Cook and 2010 Ned Kelly 4-Coin Silver Proof Sets). Act now you wish to acquire one of these spectacular proof sets at the lowest possible price!

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The Complete Collection - All Four World War II Silver Dollars at One Low Price!
1942 Battle for Australia full package
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Why We Like This Set So Much

1942 Battle for Australia Set• Already Sold Out at the Mint!
• Exclusive, tiny mintage just 1,942 collections!
• Extraordinary, dynamic artwork with full-color scenes of World War II action!
• Complete set includes all four different, 40 mm silver dollars in the Battle for Australia Collection!
• Includes four FREE, full color, individually numbered, 8.5" x 11" prints!
• Full color, numbered certificate of authenticity matches the numbered prints!
• Each collection presented in a lavish, solid wood case, protected by a full color, illustrated outer box!
• Extremely affordable price for the complete collection - including the freebies!

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Incredible FREE Bonus!
Each collection comes with a FREE bonus befitting a set remembering the historic defense of Australia. A set of four full color, professional prints (one for each coin in the set), suitable for framing, is included at no extra charge. Only 1,942 of these prints (each individually numbered and measuring a full 8.5 by 11 inches, were produced, duplicating exactly the mintage limit of the set itself.

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Battle of the Coral Sea PrintThe Battle of the Coral Sea
The largest naval battle ever fought close to Australian shores, and the first naval action between opposing aircraft carriers (in which the opposing fleets never actually sighted each other), the Battle of the Coral Sea saw American and Australian forces take on the Japanese fleet in waters east of Queensland in early May 1942. Although the Allied force, including the U.S. fleet carriers Yorktown and Lexington, as well as HMAS Australia and HMAS Hobart, sustained significant damage, the Battle of the Coral Sea is considered one of the most crucial engagements of the Pacific War, as it effectively halted Japan's southward advance by preventing Japan’s invasion of Port Moresby – a prerequisite to an invasion of the Australian mainland. As importantly, one Japanese aircraft carrier was sunk, and two more damaged so severely that they were lost for the Battle of Midway (the turning point in the Pacific War), fought one month later!

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The Bombing of Darwin
Bombing of Darwin PrintKnown as "Australia’s Pearl Harbor", the first bombing of Darwin took place on February 19, 1942, and was the first and largest of almost 100 Japanese air raids on Australian targets during 1942 and 1943. Inflicting a massive psychological blow upon the Australian populace, the attack was the first air raid on the Australian mainland in the nation’s history. Dropping more bombs than at Pearl Harbor, the Japanese force of 240 planes attacked the unprepared city twice on that fateful day, leaving more than 250 people dead and at least another 300 wounded.

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Sub Attack on Sydney Harbor PrintMidget Sub Attack on Sydney Harbor
Reinforcing the fear that invasion was imminent, the midget submarine attack on Sydney in 1942 proved that even the south of Australia was within reach of the Japanese war machine. The only time in history that Sydney has come under attack, three Ko-hyoteki-class midget submarines slipped through the anti-submarine net in Sydney Harbor on the night of May 31, 1942 in an attempt to sink Allied shipping - the main target was the American heavy cruiser U.S.S. Chicago (depicted on the coin as the Japanese torpedos cross her bowing, narrowly missing her!). All three submarines were lost, and the Japanese inflicted minimal damage – the sole ship sunk was the converted ferry, HMAS Kuttabul. However, with the loss of 21 lives, the psychological impact of the raid on Australia's largest port was immense.

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The Kokoda Track Campaign
Kokoda Track Campaign PrintThe 1942 Kokoda Campaign took place in New Guinea from July to November 1942, as Japan engaged in what seemed like an unstoppable march toward the Australian mainland. Although fighting a determined enemy in appalling conditions, Australian soldiers forced the Japanese to abandon their attempt to take Port Moresby, at the cost of more than 600 Australian lives and 1,680 other casualties. Japan’s first defeat on land during the Pacific War, the campaign has come to be seen by some as the "Battle that saved Australia", a critical turning point in World War II which has now become a key part of the ANZAC legend.

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1942 Battle for Australia PackageObverse
Four dramatic, full color depictions of the World War II military actions that fended off the Japanese during the Battle for Australia. The legend 1942 BATTLE FOR AUSTRALIA and the name of each action indicate the theme.

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Reverse
A frosted cameo portrait of 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 ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
Each coin is encapsulated inside a luxurious, high gloss, solid wood clamshell-style presentation case, lined with white satin and black velvet, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Niue
Year of Issue 2012
   
Face Value 4 Dollars (4 x One Dollar)
Weight 100 g (4 x 25 g)
Diameter 40.00 mm
Mintage Limit      1,942 Complete Sets
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Raphael Maklouf (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

 

Niue
Niue is a small island nation in the South Pacific. Although it is completely self-governing and independent, it remains in free association with New Zealand, a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, hence the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its coinage. The country is located about 1,450 miles northeast of New Zealand. It is closest to Samoa, Tonga, and the Cook Islands. It is one of the largest coral islands in the world, with a total area of 260 square kilometers. Niueans are predominantly Polynesian; most are bilingual, speaking both Niuean and English.

 

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