Commemorative Medallion : 25th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

Accession Number REL34826.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medallion
Physical description Silver
Maker Royal Australian Mint
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Date made 1991
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Sterling silver commemorative medallion with antique finish. The obverse shows, in relief, Australian soldiers lined along either side of the large cross dedicated on 18 August 1969 to commemorate the third anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. '25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN 18th AUGUST 1991' is engraved around the bottom edge of the medallion with "Wietranik" engraved between the two nearest figures on the right hand side. The reverse of the medallion shows an image of the front of the Australian War Memorial with the words 'AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL' embossed around the upper edge. "M. MESZAROS 1990" is engraved on the left hand side of the medallion and ''P. LATONA' is engraved on the right hand side.

History / Summary

This medallion was produced by the Australian War Memorial in co-operation with the Royal Australian Mint to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, 18 August 1991. This medallion was the first produced by the Royal Australian Mint honouring the Vietnam War and as a result no more than two thousand were produced for sale. This maintained the medallion’s intrinsic as well as commemorative value. The obverse face of the medallion was sculpted by Wojciech Pietranik while the reverse was sculpted by Peter Latona and Michael Meszaros. The design of the medallion was based on a photograph held in the Memorial's collection taken at the ceremony held on 18 August 1969 to dedicate the Long Tan Cross and commemorate those killed during the battle of Long Tan.