Coin commemorating the unveiling of the Vietnam Memorial in Canberra in 1992

Accession Number REL31707
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Alloy
Location Main Bld: Vietnam Gallery: Upper Level: Post War Issues
Maker Unknown
Date made 1992
Conflict Period 1990-1999
Vietnam, 1962-1975

Commemorative coin in silver-coloured alloy. The obverse shows, in relief, Australian soldiers lined along either side of the large cross erected at Long Tan. At the bottom of the coin are the words 'VIETNAM 1962-1973'. The reverse has the words 'AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL' around the upper edge with an image of the front of the Memorial building.

History / Summary

This souvenir commemorative coin was struck to coincide with the unveiling of the National Vietnam War Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra. Several years later this particular example was handed as change from a bus driver to 335074 Lieutenant Colonel Leonard David Johnson who served in Vietnam as the Operations Officer of 6 Royal Australian Regiment/New Zealand (ANZAC) Battalion between May 1969 and April 1970.The image on the obverse is from a famous photograph taken at the ceremony held on 18 August 1969 to erect the cross and commemorate those killed during the battle of Long Tan three years earlier. Lt Col Johnson had organised the ceremony.