2021 Fifty Cent Battle of Nui Le 50th Anniversary (50c) Uncirculated Australian Decimal Coin

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Nui Le was the last major enemy engagement by Australian troops in Vietnam. The five killed in action in this location were the last Australian soldiers to die in combat in Vietnam. For their bravery under fire, seven Australians were recognised with awards. Operation Ivanhoe concluded on 2nd October. The following month, Nui Dat base was handed to the South Vietnamese and by December nearly all Australian troops had left Phouc Tuy Province.

Operation Ivanhoe was launched on 19th September, three companies of the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian regiment, including a company from the Royal New Zealand Regiment (4RAR/NZ), and one company of the 3rd battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) - supported by artillery, engineers, armoured personnel carriers (APC's) and helicopters from 9 Squadron, RAAF - were inserted near suspected enemy concentrations south-east of the Courtenay Rubber Plantation. But importantly, this time they had no tank support. As part of the staged withdrawal, 1 Armoured Regiment had recently departed Vietnam.

On 20th September, an ambush and a series of contacts suggested the enemy was trying to provoke a reaction, luring the Australians into a well-prepared bunker system. B Company, 4RAR/NZ came under mortar attack while patrolling south-east of the rubber plantation, causing fifteen casualties.

When D company, four Kilometers away, ran into an extensive bunker system and was pinned down under heavy fire, air support was called in and the enemy position was pounded for four hours. Looking to extricate themselves, the Australians unwittingly withdrew into a more precarious position within the number system. Trapped, surrounded, with reduced artillery support and no tanks, they were forced to reply on US airstrikes and RAAF helicopter gunships to keep the enemy at bay. Running low on ammunition, D company was in dire straits as casualties continued to mount. Artillery support kept them alive throughout the night. In the morning the enemy was gone, the battle of Nui Le was over.

  • Coin's design features a dynamic scene which includes Australian soldiers embarking on an Iroquios helicopter, exploding napalm, and a US F4 Phantom.
  • Limited mintage only 27,500


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Face Value:
Fifty Cent
The Royal Australian Mint

Australian Decimal Coins

Face Value:
Fifty Cent
Jody Clark
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