Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tuvalu 2010 Battle Tanks of World War II 5-Coin $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof Set


Drawing on original photographs, diagrams and schematics for inspiration, the Perth Mint has created this exquisite Battle Tanks of World War II 5 Coin Silver Proof Set, celebrating the most legendary land behemoths of the Second World War! 

The large (40.60 mm diameter), pure silver coins each display one famous armored fighting vehicle, skillfully engraved with minute details and minted in frosted cameo relief, with each model's name indicated on each respective silver dollar

Look carefully at the background and you can see the national military insignia of each major combatant, along with a tread track motif overlaying the WWII logo. 

The colorization is spectacular and the devices are meticulously engraved to show the fine details, as you have come to expect from the Perth Mint.

The five different tanks memorialized on these proof coins include:
    M4 Sherman - United States (emblem: U.S. Army Star)
    Tiger I - Germany (emblem: Balkenkreuz Iron Cross)
    Type 97 Chi-Ha - Japan (emblem: Rising Sun)
    A22 Churchill - Great Britain (emblem: Union Jack)
    T-34 - Soviet Russia (USSR) (emblem: Hammer & Sickle)

With a total mintage limit of only 1,500 sets, and with previous multi-coin silver proof sets from the Perth Mint being among the hottest commodities in modern numismatics, we recommend getting your Battle Tanks of World War II Silver Proof Set now!

Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information about Tuvalu and its association with Australia, as well as a feature about the the talented designer of these coins, designer and artist Darryl Bellotti.



Reverse

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 appear.

Packaging

The coins are encapsulated inside an elaborate, taupe leatherette presentation case lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color, outer cardboard box. The case has an internal, lift out coin tray that can be tilted up at an angle of 45 degrees for display. An individually numbered, color certificate of authenticity is included.

Obverse

Each coin depicts a different battle tank of the Second World War, from one of five different major combatants, with each tank's model name indicated on the respective coin. The legend WWII defines the theme, and the military emblem of each combatant is depicted in the color section of the background. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is also located on each obverse.

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