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Battle of Maryang San
Silver Five Dollars

  • Limited to 199 worldwide

  • Two Ounce of 999 Silver

  • Layed in Precious Ruthenium and 999 Gold Accents

  • Offical Niue Five Dollar Legal Issue

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Taking place just six years after the end of World War II, the Korean War was a demanding imposition on battle-weary Britain and Australia. By early October 1951 our troops were in the thick of it again, this time in Korea, fighting in the Battle of Maryang San (also known as Operation Commando) where the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment joined British Commonwealth soldiers in an attack against Chinese troops in the hills beside the Imjin River. The strategy had been meticulously devised by the Regiment's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hassett who set our men along the ridges of the hills, literally taking the high ground and significantly reducing the additional hazards of fighting (just as literally) an uphill battle.


The Battle of Maryang San (named after the biggest of the hills) began with a British attack in the lower reaches on 3 October, followed by an early morning Australian one on 5 October. It was heavy going against a determined and highly motivated enemy familiar with the rugged terrain and concealed by early morning mist. When it cleared, our men were clearly visible but bravely managed to prevail, driving the enemy from their hilltop despite heavy and relentless artillery and machine gun fire. A ferocious counter-attack followed but the communist troops were forced to retreat, leaving our side in control of the Maryang San hill, plus one close by along with much of the surrounding area.


Once the Chinese troops were forced to cede the area their ability to see the vital Imjin River was essentially curtailed, reducing their effectiveness. British and Australian troops had prevailed where previous attempts by American forces had failed. Our success was built on by United Nations forces which gained nearby strongholds. The engagement was lauded by Robert O'Neill, official historian  who said: "The victory of Maryang San is probably the greatest single feat of the Australian Army during the Korean War."


As important as this victory was, it was to be temporary, the area being recaptured by the tenacious and persistent Chinese forces after ours left. The crushing effect on the morale of our men can only be imagined, especially given that 20 Aussies had died along with more than a hundred wounded. (It was estimated that well over three hundred Chinese soldiers were killed or injured.) It was not until late July 1953 that the three-year war dragged to a close with an armistice finally signed. The Battle of Maryang San had shown Australian loyalty and mateship in action yet again and we are proud to celebrate their valour and sacrifice.


To that end, we have created this exclusive Bradford Editions commemorative five dollar coin, flawlessly minted in silver rated 999 pure with 999 grade gold lettering, warrior's laurels and accents; the depictions of our troops in silver are dramatised by sombre black ruthenium backgrounds. A special golden emblem, with its own laurels, reminds us that this is the 70th anniversary of the conflict. For collectors and militaria enthusiasts alike, this is truly a memento of heroes who deserve to be remembered for all time.

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