5 Dollars - Elizabeth II Battle of Sunda Strait

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Battle of Sunda Strait) -  obverse5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Battle of Sunda Strait) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2002
Value 5 Dollars
5 AUD = 3.42 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 28 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 3.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 647
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

60th Anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait


4th Portrait Queen Elizabeth II facing right


Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.


Three quarter views of HMAS Perth and USS Houston. Participating ships of the commemorated battle.


Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.




This NCLT Aluminium-bronze proof coin was released by the RAM in 2002 to Commemorate 60 years since the Battle of Sunda Strait which occurred on 28th of February and 1st of March 1942. The USS Houston and HMAS Perth were endeavouring to escape through the Sunda Strait following the Battle of the Java Sea some 24 hours earlier. The Houston and Perth had survived that disastrous battle but were low on ammunition and fuel. As they approached the entrance to the Strait near midnight, they unexpectedly encountered a Japanese covering force of nearly a dozen destroyers, three cruisers, and numerous torpedo boats that were protecting the Japanese invasion fleet. In the ensuing battle of Sunda strait, the Houston and Perth both agressivly fired at the attacking Japanese ships at close range, but, outnumbered and outgunned, they were no match for the enemy forces that completely surrounded them. In the short fierce battle both the Houston and the Perth were sunk as were a number of enemy vessels. Out of the full crew of 681 on the Perth 350 personnel lost their lives, On the Houston out of a full complement of 1065 crew only 368 survived the battle.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2002  10,400 Proof

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