The Royal Australian Mint, partnered with the Australian War Memorial, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, Vietnam, with the release of the 2018 Coral and Balmoral 50c uncirculated coin.
During the “Mini-Tet” offensive mounted by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces in May 1968, the 1st Australian Task Force deployed two battalions to an area 20 kilometres north of Bien Hoa city. The Australians established a number of fire support bases to provide firing points for artillery and mortars. These could cover foot patrols carried out by the infantrymen of 1RAR and 3RAR. Some of the most intense fighting experienced by Australian Forces during the Vietnam War occurred at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral between May and June 1968. The Australians successfully held both bases, but at great cost. When the fighting ended, 25 Australian soldiers had died and over 100 were wounded.
The coin depicts two Australian soldiers loading a M2A2 Howitzer, with the silhouette of a Centurion tank and Iroquois helicopter in the background. It is packaged with a display card featuring historical information about the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral.
The coin is uncirculated but is Australian legal tender.
- Denomination - 50c
- Year - 2018
- Metal content - CuNi
- Mass - 15.55g
- Diameter - 31.51mm
- Finish - uncirculated
- Max. mintage - 30,000