Mintage of no more than 5,000
Third release of the Famous Battles in Australian History Five coin Series.
The Kokoda features an Australian soldier wearing Second World War jungle kit, also the background contains a printed historical image of soldiers on the Kokoda track, and the inscription KOKODA 1942 – 1943, design by Wade Robinson. Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse.
Box w/CoA and Illustrated Shipper
The Kokoda Track or Trail Campaign was part of the Pacific War of the Second World War. The Campaign was a series of fierce engagements fought between Japanese and Allied forces from July to November 1942. The Allied contingent consisted primarily of Australians who defended what was then the Australian Territory of Papua.
The Kokoda Track crosses some of the most rugged and isolated terrain in the world. The troops endured nightmare conditions and a terrain churned to mud with the traffic of war.
A remarkable feature of this conflict was the part played by Papua New Guineans, who evacuated the wounded on foot, bearing the heavy stretchers to medical aid. The Papauns became known as the ‘fuzzy wuzzy angels’ for their dedication and bravery.
The story of Kokoda remains deeply significant and walks and tours to honor this legacy have become part of an Australian tradition.
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