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LONG TAN FAMOUS BATTLES 1966 Silver Coin 1$ Australia 2012


The fifth release in this outstanding series "Famous Battles In Australian History" is a tribute to one of the heaviest actions of the Vietnam War occurred between the Australian Army and Viet Cong forces on 18 August 1966: the battle of Long Tan. The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.

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One of the most well-known Australian engagements of the Vietnam War was the Battle of Long Tan, 18 August 1966. The battle saw the action of 108 ANZACS (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) against a Viet Cong (North Vietnamese) force estimated between 1,500 and 2,500. The Battle was one of the heaviest conflicts of the Vietnam War as well as one the few battles in the recorded history of the world to be won against such odds.
Vietnam Veterans' Day, celebrated in Australia on 18 August each year, commemorates the Battle of Long Tan and those Australians who served during the Vietnam War and is an opportunity to remember those who did not come home.
The Vietnam War was the longest war Australia was ever involved in. Australian involvement in the Vietnam War was marked by controversy and significant levels of public opposition to conscription and concern about casualties. The Vietnam War was also the first war witnessed 'live' on television.
In the late 1960s, the escalation of the Vietnam War coincided with the hippy movement and music as the chosen vehicle for an alternative lifestyle. It also was a period when Australians reflected on their relationships with the United States of America (USA) and with Asia.

The program comprises five coins:

  • Gallipoli
  • Tobruk
  • Kokoda
  • Kapyong
  • Long Tan
  • CountryAustralia
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.6
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin’s reverse depicts an Australian soldier wearing Vietnam War jungle kit. The background incorporates a printed historical image of soldiers at Long Tan, and the inscription LONG TAN 1966. The Perth Mint’s 'P' mintmark is also incorporated into the design. The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.