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  • Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War’s Battle of Coral-Balmoral

  • .925 solid Silver Proof coin with 24 Carat Gold accenting

  • Worldwide edition limit of 199 – Exclusive to The Bradford Mint​

Battle of Coral-Balmoral – 50th Anniversary



The Battle of Coral–Balmoral (12 May – 6 June 1968) was a series of actions fought during the Vietnam War between the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) and the North Vietnamese 7th Division and Viet Cong Main Force units, situated 40 kilometres north-east of Saigon. 

On the 5th May 1968 the Viet Cong successfully penetrated Saigon, plunging the capital into chaos in an attempt to influence the upcoming Paris peace talks scheduled to begin on the 13th May. With two major attacks by the Viet Cong that involved some intense fighting the US and South Vietnamese forces where able to repel and defeat them and by the 12th May the fighting was over.

To obstruct the withdrawal of forces from the capital the 1ATF was deployed on the 12th May, with two battalions establishing at a fire support base named FSB Coral. This was just east of Lai Khe in Binh Duong Province. On the 24th May 1968 the Australians also then moved against the communist base areas redeploying to establish FSB Balmoral.

Over 26 days of intense fighting which saw several major attacks by the North Vietnamese who continued to mount a number of battalion-sized assaults, with a heavy bombardment from artillery and accurate mortar fire to try and penetrate the Australian perimeters. Each time the North Vietnamese were forced to withdraw after suffering repeated heavy losses. 

As the offensive continued, the Australians were reinforced with Centurion tanks and additional artillery which strengthened their resolve to repel the attacks, with the last major attack by the North Vietnamese being made against Balmoral on the 28th May, a battle in which they were soundly defeated by the overpowering offensive by the Australians tanks, artillery and mortars support – the battle was over in 30 minutes. After this, smaller battles continued into June as the Australians patrolled the area.

During the fighting the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong sustained heavy losses included 267 killed confirmed by body count, 60 possibly killed, 7 wounded and 11 captured, while Australian losses were 25 killed and 99 wounded. The efforts by the Australians saw the North Vietnamese forced to postpone further attacks on Saigon.

The battle was the first occasion that the Australians had met the North Vietnamese Army in regimental strength. They had ultimately fought their largest, most hazardous and most sustained battle of the Vietnam war. 

For their involvement in the action the Royal Australian Regiment, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and 1st Armoured Regiment were all subsequently awarded the battle honour "Coral-Balmoral", one of only five presented to Australian units during the war. On 14 May 2008 the 102nd Field Battery, RAA was awarded the honour title "Coral" in recognition of their involvement in the battle, the first such award to an Australian sub-unit.

To honour the Sacrifice, Initiative, Bravery, Courage and Mateship by the Australian and allied forces during this battle The Bradford Mint exclusively brings you this stunning 50th Anniversary One Dollar .925 Silver proof coin. Only 199 coins have been struck worldwide.

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