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BATTLE OF LONG TAN SILVER TEN DOLLARS

The numbers tell it all. In the Battle of Long Tan, fought mid-August 1966, a handful of Aussie and New Zealand soldiers (just 108, to be precise) from Delta Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, took on a force of Viet Cong estimated at some 2,500. That's a ratio of some  25 to one!

  • ​999 Pure Silver with 999 Gold and Black Ruthenium Accents​​

  • 199 Minted Worldwide - Limited Stock Left!

  • Deluxe Presentation

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About this coin

The numbers tell it all. In the Battle of Long Tan, fought mid-August 1966, a handful of Aussie and New Zealand soldiers (just 108, to be precise) from Delta Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, took on a force of Viet Cong estimated at some 2,500. That's a ratio of some 25 to one! Under heavy enemy fire in the dense foliage of a rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy province, the Battle was a classic example of raw courage and utmost determination. The Aussies and Kiwis took on a cunning and able guerrilla enemy on their own territory, matching their guile with combat expertise of their own. There were certainly heavy losses: 18 dead and another 24 injured. But Delta Company took out a confirmed 245 of the enemy despite being so heavily outnumbered. The Aussies also captured a large number of weapons, Soviet Russian support for the enemy signalled by the large number of AK47 assault rifles, along with a great deal of ammunition. The ammunition being so plentiful made the enemy attacks all the more powerful through greater firepower. Bloody but unbowed, our soldiers were recognised and hailed in this tribute from Major General Michael Jeffrey AC CVO MC (Retd) expressed in this heartfelt personal tribute: "This epic battle reinforced traits for which Australian soldiers have become world renowned: courage and determination, mateship and teamwork, leadership and tenacity, compassion and humour. It further reinforced our international reputation as a skilled exponent of the profession of arms." Reading between the lines, it is very clear that such an effort would not have been possible unless all concerned watched out for each other in the spirit of true mateship that typifies the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand. The near-impossible Battle of Long Tan remains of the best remembered from the tragic and ultimately futile Vietnam War. Opinions and hindsight aside, our soldiers more than deserve our gratitude and remembrance. To that end, Bradford Exchange has created this exclusive Commemorative coin of purest silver, emblazoned with the Long Tan cross and plaque erected on the battleground on 18 August 1969. The original Cross was presented to Australia in 2017 and is displayed at the Australian War Memorial. This commemorative coin features it in rich 24 carat gold against black Ruthenium quarters showing finely rendered depictions of a combat helicopter, our men in action and a gold insert, surrounded by warrior's laurels, declaring the 55th anniversary of the engagement. It is indeed a fitting recognition to the courageous few from the many who remember and revere them still.

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