2016 50c CuNi Unciruclated Coin -Australia At War- Korean War
Paying tribute to the soldiers that fought in the Korean War, this colour printed coin is part of the official Australia at War program and Anzac Centenary commemorations. Featuring a colour print representing medal ribbons received following the conflict, this coin will be cherished by military historians, coin collectors and those whose families have served in conflict.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
Throughout the Cold War, Australia fought a series of conflicts to contain the spread of communism in the Pacific region. In June 1950, North Korea invaded the South, capturing Seoul and advancing on Pusan. In response, the United Nations Security Council requested its members help stem the North Korean attack. Australian forces were already in Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, and sent an Royal Australian Air Force squadron and an infantry battalion to South Korea to push the communist forces back across the 38th Parallel, while the Royal Australian Navy patrolled the South China Sea. Over the next three years, Australian troops fought actions at Kapyong and Maryang San and participated in the defence of the Samichon River until hostilities were suspended in July 1953.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• A continuation of the Royal Australian Mint’s Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program and the Australia at War series
• Packaged in a presentation card featuring specific subject matter imagery
• Finished to the Royal Australian Mint’s uncirculated quality standard
• Coin’s reverse features an artistic representation of soldiers in the Korean War, accompanied by colour printed medal ribbon motifs
• Obverse features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley
• Australian legal tender