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Battle of Kokoda

Battle of Kokoda Silver Proof Coin

Bradford Mint is proud to salute the bravery of our troops and their loyal native supporters with this exclusive proof quality silver commemorative coin.

  • LIMITED TO 50 UNITS WORLD WIDE

  • Crafted to the highest numismatic standards

  • Individually numbered certificate

  • Made from 999 Silver

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About this coin

Time dilutes memories, even of the most significant moments in our nation's history. The unpleasantness of war (an understatement if ever there was one) makes its various battles a prime candidate. But of all those in defence of Australia, the Battle of Kokoda should be remembered for all time. Without our victory there, Australia would have become a completely different country. The second half of 1942 saw the enemy at our doorstep: it was clear that Australia's geographic isolation could not protect us. Japan, headed here after running roughshod over Southeast Asia, saw us as the means to control the entire South Pacific and stop the Allies from using Australia as a combat base. Landing at Gona, New Guinea, Japan's immediate objective was to reach Port Moresby's capital via the nightmarish, steep, muddy, slippery, mosquito-infested Kokoda Track. The poorly equipped, barely trained, very young Australian defenders were unprepared - and had insufficient Allied support. But they fought back like enraged tigers. Their indomitable courage and resolution ultimately made up for the lack of experience they quickly gained under the most harrowing conditions. Helped by the invaluable, valiant support of native Papuans, the legendary "Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels", they held off the Japanese, enabling the Allies to drive them out of Papua in 1943. Allied casualties and losses are estimated at well over 600 killed, nearly 2,000 wounded and more than 4,000 sick from malaria and other tropical diseases. It was our most important battle within the overall Battle for Australia. Bradford Mint is proud to salute the bravery of our troops and their loyal native supporters with this exclusive proof quality silver commemorative coin. Crafted to the highest numismatic standards, it features finely etched depictions of an Aussie digger rescuing his wounded mate on one side of the Kokoda Track and a "Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel" guiding a blinded soldier on the other. The words on the lower circumference say it all: MATESHIP, SACRIFICE, COURAGE, ENDURANCE. Lest we forget.

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