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Niue 2014 Australia Goes To War - World War I Centenary - Declaration of War - HMAS Sydney vs. SMS Emden Cruisers Naval Battle $100 1 Ounce Pure Gold Proof with Color GX - MINTAGE ONLY 150

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Commemorate the Declaration of World War I (known as the "War to End All Wars") with this dramatic, ULTRA LOW MINTAGE (only 150), one troy ounce pure gold proof, numbered on the edge with its unique serial number!

Sold out at the Mint!Talisman Coins proud to offer the four low mintage, full color, precious metals proofs in the new Australia Goes To War program that commemorates the start of the First World War in 1914. On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip. As the dominoes fell one by one and alliances were invoked, the Guns of August roared to life, and millions of men on both sides of the conflict were called up. Four and a half years later, millions of men lay dead, world history had been irrevocably changed, and the Investment Opportunity!seeds of the even more devastating Second World War had been sown. This ultra low mintage, full color, one troy ounce pure gold proof has a total mintage of just 150, making it extremely rare! Get this moving and fitting tribute to the heroism and sacrifices of the soldiers, sailors and airmen of World War I, the "War to End All Wars", before it disappears!

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We don't merely like this coin, we LOVE this beauty - and here's why!
    • Excruciatingly low mintage - only 150! Extraordinarily rare!
    • Stunningly engraved design depicts cruiser HMAS Australia firing on Imperial German cruiser SMS Emden!
    • Sizable precious metal content - one full troy ounce of 99.99% pure gold, 38.61 mm in diameter!
    • Subtle use of full color accentuates the wonderfully detailed engraved design!
    • Individually numbered on the edge (matches certificate number), making each coin truly unique!
    • Displayed in a handsome, luxurious, highly polished solid wood presentation case with full-color certificate!

HMAS Sydney vs. SMS Emden - MINTAGE ONLY 150!
WWI Sydney vs Emden Gold $100 Full Package

Investment Note
The mintage is just 150 - a mere one hundred fifty people around the globe will ever be able to own this prestigious, edge-numbered, one troy ounce pure gold proof! For the lover of history, the connoisseur of naval battles and military tactics, the collector who appreciates tremendous design and rarity, and/or the savvy investor, this is the perfect numismatic gold coin!

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Dramatic high relief with individually numbered serial number edge lettering!
This pure gold proof dramatically depict the very first naval battle involving an Australian warship. Struck from a one full troy ounce of .9999 fine gold, and spanning an impressive 38.61 mm in diameter (over 1.5 inches!), this imposing coin represents an appropriate and commanding tribute to the heroes of the First World War. Each coin is encapsulated and displayed in a highly polished, wooden presentation case accompanied by a full-color, numbered certificate - and each coin is individually numbered on the edge, making each truly unique! With a ridiculously low mintage of just 150 coins, these impressive gems are already sold out at the Mint!

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World War I Gold BoxCruiser vs. Cruiser - HMAS Australia vs. SMS Emden
When the First World War began in August, 1914, the explosion of support for Britain was both spontaneous and genuine, with the wave of military enlistments reflecting the national fervor. Whether driven by "King & Country" patriotism, a spirit of adventure, peer pressure, the chance to travel, or the promise of hot food and a free bed, Australian men rushed to join up. Within six months, over 60,000 men had joined the armed forces – and thousands more had tried but been rejected due to the strict physical requirements. By September of 1914, the new Australian Imperial Force (AIF) was ready.

On November 1, 1914 the first convoy of Aussie soldiers ("diggers") set sail from Western Australia for training in Egypt, with vessels such as cruiser HMAS Sydney escorting the slow and vulnerable troop ships. Although the grim reality of war would soon replace the initial sense of adventure, Aussie diggers would soldier on, establishing a reputation for courage, determination and fierce fighting qualities that was second-to-none. But first, the Aussies had to get there - and the deadly German cruiser SMS Emden lay in wait!

Emden was under the command of Kapitan Karl von Müller, one of the most daring, gutsy and innovative naval commanders of the First World War. Under his direction, the German light cruiser spent nearly two months operating in the Pacific and Indian Oceans in a highly successful raiding campaign that made international headlines. Emden could seemingly disappear and reappear at will, always in an unexpected location and always taking the Allies by surprise! During her brief career, Emden captured nearly two dozen merchant ships and completely disrupted British shipping throughout the region. In late October, Emden launched a surprise attack on the harbor of Penang. In the ensuing Battle of Penang, she sank two allied warships, the Russian cruiser Zhemchug and the French destroyer Mousquet.

Kaptain von Müller then took Emden to raid the Cocos Islands, where on November 9, 1914, he landed a contingent of sailors to destroy British facilities there, including the wireless station. However, the wireless station managed to get out an SOS, which was picked up by HMAS Sydney, which was in the area escorting a convoy of troopships. HMAS Sydney rushed to the scene. The more powerful Australian cruiser quickly inflicted serious damage and forced von Müller to run his ship aground to prevent her from sinking. Out of a crew of 376, 133 German sailors were killed in the battle, while Sydney lost only four killed and 16 wounded. Most of the surviving Germans were taken prisoner, though the landing party, led by Hellmuth von Mücke, commandeered an old schooner and eventually made their way to Germany via the Indian Ocean and Constantinople. Thus, HMAS Sydney won the first-ever naval battle involving an Australian warship, in the opening year of World War I.

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Weapons of Destruction - World War I
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"The War to End All Wars" & the Technology of Death
The flagship of the British Grand Fleet, the dreadnought HMS Iron Duke, as she appeared at the Battle of Jutland. In President Woodrow Wilson's famous words, the First World War was "the war to end all wars," or such was the hope of a ravaged Europe in 1918. Never before in human history had science and technology been harnessed to such an extent in the service of Death. Never before had war been waged simultaneously in the skies, on the earth, and below the waves. Never before had the world seen the ruinous destruction wrought by airplanes, tanks and submarines. Never before had it witnessed the desolation of trench warfare - the deafening artillery fire, sweeping machine guns mowing down rows of soldiers, and lethal poison gases.

Over 65 million soldiers from around the world served their countries in battle. Historians estimate that up to 10 million lost their lives, while 20 million others were wounded. Today, as the world pays tribute to the last surviving veterans of this terrible conflict, these significant coins will forever honor the legacy of all who fought for freedom.

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2014 WWI Gold in BoxObverse
A dramatic depiction of the naval battle between the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney and the Imperial German cruiser SMS Emden, with Sydney in the foreground firing on Emden in the distance. The legends FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY and 1914 HMAS SYDNEY define the theme.

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, iin 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 ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear, while the legend 1 OZ 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a luxurious, highly polished, solid wood, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by an graphically illustrated outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsThe flagship of the British Grand Fleet, the dreadnought HMS Iron Duke, as she appeared at the Battle of Jutland.
Country Niue
Year of Issue 2014
Face Value 100 Dollars
Weight 31.106 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Mintage Limit     150
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded) with Serial Number Edge Lettering
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered


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