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  • Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive
     

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

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

Tet Offensive –
50th Anniversary

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The Viet Cong Tet Offensive launched on 31st January 1968, it was a concerted surprise attack on over a hundred towns and cities. This date in the traditional date that coincides with the Buddhist celebrations of the lunar new year period, known as Tet, thus tradition a time of truce, hence chosen to maximise impact.

The major consolidation of forces was unusual for the Viet Cong, whom had long been successful in jungle guerrilla tactics. The attack surprised the American and Australian commands who had thought the Viet Cong were being defeated. Far from it. Although the offensive ultimately lost its impetus and impact, it was initially very successful. 

The Viet Cong captured most of Hue, the original capital, and Saigon where they even penetrated the grounds of the America embassy. Another major target of attack was Ba Ria (between Nui Dat and Vung Tau) when, at 5am, heavily armed Viet Cong immediately took over its main buildings. 

Australian, New Zealand and American forces were initially surprised by the fierceness of the attack but fought back, hard, as always. During a grim 24 hours our soldiers, supported by armoured personnel carriers and American Phantom jets, fought house-to-house, gradually driving out the enemy.

Depicted on this exclusive 50th year commemorative .925 Silver coins is the M113 armoured personnel carrier. A vehicle heavily used by the U.S. Army and allied forces including the Australians, it earned the nickname “Green Dragon” by the Viet Cong due to its ability to break through heavy thickets of the jungle to overcome the enemy. It was also known as an APC or an ACAV by the allied forces.

Also artistically portrayed on this proof commemorative coin is an Australian solider positioned in Saigon on top of the named “Hotel Saigon” which served as the billets for Australian personnel working in the capital. A location that came under attack from about 40 Viet Cong soon after 2.30 am on the 30th January 1968. 

This exclusive Bradford Mint 50th Anniversary One Dollar .925 Silver coin commemorates and remembers the loss and sacrifice by the Australian and allied forces during the Tet Offensive.

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