Australia’s largest unit-level fighting of the Vietnam War, the Battle of Coral and Balmoral was also the first time Australian units met the North Vietnamese Army. Occurring in May 1968, the two fire support bases, Coral and Balmoral, were besieged by enemy soldiers. The Australians were attacked, then managed to counter-attack, back and forth until, ultimately, Centurion tanks arrived and the battle was over.
50 years on, the Royal Australian Mint honours the Australians - including 25 fallen soldiers and 99 wounded - that fought with tremendous bravery at the scene of one of Australia’s most important battles of the entire Vietnam War. This official Australian legal tender 50c coin features a design of two soldiers manning a M2A2 Howitzer, along with a Centurion tank and Iroquois helicopter.
Never to be released into circulation, the only way to add this to your collection is here.