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The 70th anniversary of the Kokoda Trail campaign is marked by this special issue 50c released by the Royal Australian Mint. The coin has been issued as a collector item and is not intended for circulation. It has been released in a credit card sized collector card. It is struck in uncirculated quality and is housed in a capsule.
During the Kokoda Trail campaign, a series of violent conflicts occurred along the notorious Kokoda Trail from August to November 1942. While the Gallipoli campaign of WWI was Australia’s first military test as a new nation, the fighting during the Kokoda campaign represents the first time in the nation’s history that its security was directly threatened.
It was primarily a land battle, between the Japanese South Seas Detachment and Australian and Papuan land forces. The Japanese objective was to seize Port Moresby by an overland advance from the north coast, following the Kokoda Track over the mountains of the Owen Stanley Range, as part of a strategy to isolate Australia from the United States.
Fourth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Depicts the Isurava Memorial, the Owen Stanley Range in the background and the stars of the Southern Cross.
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOKODA CAMPAIGN