To mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Khanh, one of Australia’s last battles during the Vietnam War, the Royal Australian Mint has released a new commemorative coin.
Developed in collaboration with members from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), the coin pays tribute to the brave soldiers who fought in one of the most intense actions of the Vietnam War, code named Operation Overlord.
Assistant Treasurer, Michael Sukkar said the release of the commemorative coin was a symbol of the service and achievement of the 3RAR during the significant battle.
“The Royal Australian Mint has a long and proud history of commemorating Australia’s military service,” Mr Sukkar said.
“The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Khanh is another opportunity to remind us of the courage our troops fought with and the sacrifices that were made in this battle.”
Following Australia’s decision to withdraw soldiers from Vietnam in 1970, the Battle of Long Khanh took place on 7 June 1971. During the battle, two RAAF crewmen and one gunnery officer were killed, and another ten soldiers were wounded.
Royal Australian Mint CEO, Leigh Gordon said that this coin tells the important story of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
“The coin depicts a scene inspired by the elements of the Battle of Long Khanh, featuring a Centurion tank, manned by an Australian solider, set deep in the Vietnam jungle,” Mr Gordon said.
“The intricate design of this coin beautifully captures aspects of the Battle of Long Khanh, recognising those who fought in the battle, and keeping alive the memory of those whose lives were lost.”
The Battle of Long Khanh 2021 50c Uncirculated coins have a limited mintage of 27,500 and retail for $10.00 AUD. They are available now from the Mint’s eShop and Call Centre (1300 652 020).