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SKU #1711513

2016 $5 uncirculated coin

SKU #1711513

2016 $5 uncirculated coin

This $5 uncirculated coin mark 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan.
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While Australian forces were involved in the Vietnam War over several years, it was the middle of 1966 that would see some of the most intense action for our troops. On the morning of 18 August, D Company left the taskforce base at Nui Dat on patrol, unaware of the actions they would undertake which would inspire generations. Here 108 Australian and New Zealand troops fought against more than 2000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in the rubber plantation of Long Tan. Eighteen Australians died and 24 were wounded in what was the largest action fought by Australian forces during the Vietnam War.

On the third anniversary of the battle a cross was raised in the Long Tan rubber plantation. 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.

Coin details
Coin reverse features a representation of the cross raised in the Long Tan plantation and the scene of the battle. Texture raised on the coin emulates the rainy conditions of the battle.

Coin in card

  • Mint: Royal Australian Mint
  • Issue date: 1 August 2016
  • Metal: AlZnBr
  • Finish: Uncirculated
  • Denominations: $5
  • Mintage: 15,000
  • Minimum weight: 20g
  • Maximum diameter: 38.74mm
  • Packaging: Blister & Card