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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II 50th Anniversary of The Battle of Long Tan

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (50th Anniversary of The Battle of Long Tan) -  obverse 5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (50th Anniversary of The Battle of Long Tan) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 5 Dollars
AUD = 3.38 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 20.00 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

50th Anniversary of The Battle of Long Tan

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2016
IRB

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.

Reverse

Depiction of the Cross that was raised in the Long Tan Rubber Tree Plantation. To the left heavy pouring rain

Lettering:
5 DOLLARS
BATTLE OF LONG TAN 1966

Engraver: T. Dean

Edge

Reeded

Comments

This NCLT $5 Aluminium-bronze coin was minted by the RAM to mark 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan. It remembers the 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers that left the Nui Dat taskforce base on 18 August 1966, unaware of the historic fate that lay before them. They fought a pitched battle against 2000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in the rubber plantation of Long Tan. Eighteen Australians died and Twenty Four were wounded in what was the largest action fought by Australian Forces during the Vietnam War.  

The coin features the memorial cross raised in the Long Tan rubber plantation on the third anniversary of the battle. That day, 18 August, became known as Long Tan Day, to later be known as, Vietnam Veterans Day, and has been observed in Australia ever since.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2016  15,000 UNC

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