For nearly a century, the big gunned, heavily armored battleship ruled
the high seas. Countries around the world invested huge sums of money
into these oceanic leviathans, as a country's battle fleet was not just
a military deterrent but also a reflection and source of national
pride. Many more nations than you might suspect operated dreadnoughts,
including Argentina, Austria,
Chile, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey, as well as the great powers of
France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United
States. Capital ships reached the pinnacle of their
the fast battleships of the Second World War. It is these ships that
are the focus of this five coin program.
The Perth Mint of Australia has done the grand battlewagons of World
War II proud! Each large (40.60 mm diameter), pure silver
coin’s obverse portrays not one, but two, views of each ship!
main image is a dynamic portrayal of the dreadnought in action. In a
cartouche underneath is a profile or side view of the ship, with its
name below and its length indicated in meters. Both images are
meticulously engraved and show the fine details of the ship.
Warships of the Second World War Coin Program
features five of
the most famous and powerful battlewagons, representing three Allied
nations (Great Britain, the United States of America, and the Soviet
Union (USSR)) and two Axis powers (Germany and Japan). The stories of
these magnificent ships are forever etched in naval lore as a
result of their powerful symbolism, epic encounters and courageous
crews. The complete series comprises the following battleships:
• USS Missouri
• USSR Sevastopol
• IJN Yamato
Ships of World War II Complete 5 Coin Set
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about Tuvalu and its association with Australia.
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the Fighting Ships of World War II program!
German battleship Bismarck
is one of the most famous warships of the Second World War. The lead
ship of her class, named after the 19th century German chancellor Otto
von Bismarck, Bismarck
displaced more than 50,000 tons fully loaded and was the largest
warship then commissioned. Her chief claim to fame came from the Battle
of the Denmark Strait in May 1941 during which the battlecruiser HMS Hood
flagship of the Home Fleet and pride of the Royal Navy, was sunk within
several minutes. In response, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
issued the order to "Sink the Bismarck
spurring a relentless
pursuit by the Royal Navy.
Two days later, with safer waters almost in reach, Fleet Air Arm
aircraft torpedoed Bismarck
and jammed her rudder, allowing heavy
British units to catch up with her. In the ensuing battle on the
morning of 27 May 1941, Bismarck
was heavily attacked for nearly three
hours before sinking.
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medals with nautical themes!
Ship Specifications and
Displacement: 50,90 tonnes
Length: 823 ft 6 in overall
Beam: 118 ft 1 in
Draft: 33 ft 6 in
Propulsion: 12 Wagner
high pressure boilers
Speed: 30.1 knots
Range: 8,525 nautical miles
8 x 15 in (4x2)
12 x 5.9 in (6x2)
16 x 4.1 in (8x2)
16 x 37 mm machine guns
20 x 20 mm machine guns
6 x 21 in torpedo tubes
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The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary
colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the
coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a
stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.
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The mighty German battleship Bismarck
unleashes a devastating salvo at her pursuers. A profile view of the
ship appears below in
cartouche, with its name and length in meters indicated.
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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing
right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl
drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The
legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also
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The coin is encapsulated inside a luxurious black leatherette,
clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and
satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An
certificate of authenticity is included.