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Australian Silver Proof Dollars

2003 50th Anniversary of the End of the Korean War

.9999 Fine Silver

Australian Forces went to the Korean Pennisula after communist North Korea invaded its southern neighbour in June 1950, and served there until 1957 even though an armistice ended the fighting on 27 July 1953.
This was the first occasion that members of the United Nations acted together against an aggressor nation.
Following an American landing at Inchon in September 1950, UN forces cleared South Korea, then advanced north towards the Chinese border. After China entered the war on the side of North Korea, UN troops were forced to retreat south of the 38th parallel in appalling winter conditions.
The war eventually became bogged down along defensive lines which eventually became the cease fire boundry when the armistice was signed.

2003 Australian Silver Proof Dollar Reverse

2003 Australian Silver Proof Dollar Obverse

The coin design background of vertical lines replicates the stainless steel poles which are a major feature of the design of the Australian Korean War Memorial in Canberra. The "Dove of Peace" is shown between the floral emblems of South Korea and Australia.

2003 Australian Silver Proof Dollar Case


Composition: 99.99% Silver
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 11.66 grams
Size: 25.0 mm
Reverse: Vladimir Gottwald
Obverse: Ian Rank-Broadley