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TANKS OF WWII World War 5 Silver Coin Set 1$ Tuvalu 2010


A new coin set, the military might of five legendary tanks, that truly reflects the formidable power of these machines. It includes designs of the British A22 Churchill, the Soviet T-34, the American M4 Sherman, the Japanese Type 97 Chi-Ha, and the awesome German V1 Tiger 1.

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Tanks played a major role in World War II. Although Italy and Japan produced significant numbers of tanks before and during WW2, it is the German tanks which are best known. The early tanks of Germany were technologically inferior to many of their opponent's tanks in the areas of armour and firepower. It was in their tactical employment that German tanks dominated all rivals early in the war. German doctrine stressed the use of combined-arms involving mobile infantry and air support, and, after its surprising success during the execution of Fall Gelb (Battle of France), the tactic of the Blitzkrieg (lightning warfare). This doctrine required the Germans to equip their tanks with radios, which provided unmatched command and control. In contrast, almost all light French tanks lacked radios, essentially because their battle doctrine was based on a more slow-paced, deliberate conformance to planned movements. This required fewer radios at all levels. French tanks generally outclassed German tanks in firepower and armour in the 1940 campaign, but their poor command and control doctrine made these advantages irrelevant to the final outcome.

  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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Field Marshall Horatio Herbert Kitchener (1850 - 1916) was made famous by the ‘Your Country Needs You!’ posters back in World War I. At that time, Lord Kitchener made the following comment on the development of tanks: “A pretty mechanical toy but with very limited military value.” Yet, history proved him wrong, as tanks played a major role in World War II.
The reverse on each coin includes The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and depicts a detailed image of each legendary tank. The design has been struck in traditional frosted relief on a shiny silver table. This is contrasted with the striking pad-printed colour background which highlights the national emblem of each country. The Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2010 year-date appear on the obverse of each coin.