25 Cents - Elizabeth II Long Tan
0.25 AUD = 0.17 USD
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ANZAC to Afghanistan Series - Long Tan
4th Portrait Queen Elizabeth II facing right
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Australian soldier crouching down in Vietnam jungle holding a rifle
The Royal Australian Mint in conjunction with some Australian Newspapers released this coin as part of a 14 coin series called "ANZACs to Afghanistan". To get a coin you had to obtain a token from the newspaper and redeem it at a cost of $3.00. Different tokens were published each day for 2 weeks (hence 14 coins). The coins are commemorating 14 significant military moments that have shaped Australia over the past 100 years from World War 1 to the modern day. Ten of the 14 coins released in the series are 20 cent coins and four of them are 25 cent coins. They were issued in a collector card.
This NCLT 25 Cent coin Is one of the first "Quarters" ever issued by the RAM. Although not meant for circulation it is legal tender. This particular coin commemorates the Battle of Long Tan in the Vietnam War. On August the 17th, 1966, the Australian Base at Nui at was hit by mortar and rifle fire. The enemy firing positions were located and the following day D Company 6RAR began the search for the enemy in the Long Tan area. The Australians engaged the enemy in a fierce battle. The larger enemy forces tried several times to overrun the Australians but they held their ground. Eventually with artillery support, a re-supply of ammunition and support from armoured personnel carriers with re-inforcements the enemy were forced to withdraw.
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