The Famous Naval Battles Silver Proof Coins are a series of strikes from the Perth Mint of Australia. Each silver proof coin in the series features a unique reverse design emblematic of a selected naval battle in the history of the world.
Included in the Famous Naval Battles Silver Proof Coin series are a total of five coins, all struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver. The famous naval battle depicted on the reverse includes a colored design adding to the detail of each strike along with the historic Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
Battle of Salamis Silver Proof Coin
The Battle of Salamis Silver Proof Coin marked the debut strike of the Famous Naval Battle Coin series issued by the Perth. Shown on the reverse is a design depicting the Battle of Salamis fought as part of the Greco-Persian Wars.
A trireme, an agile warship of the age, is showcased on the reverse of the coin. The colored section of the strike highlights a battle scene of the event. Surrounding the bottom of the strike is the inscription of "BATTLE OF SALAMIS 480BC."
Battle of Trafalgar Silver Proof Coin
Showcased on the reverse of the Battle of Trafalgar Silver Proof Coin is a scene depicting the famous engagement which occurred in 1805. The Battle of Trafalgar pitted the forces of the Royal Navy against the Franco-Spanish alliance.
To illustrate the event, an image of the famous battleship HMS Victory is shown on the reverse. Lord Nelson commanded his fleet to victory aboard the great ship, only to be shot my a French marksman and eventually die. Under the design is the inscription of "BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR 1805."
Battle of Hampton Roads Silver Proof Coin
The Battle of Hampton Roads Silver Proof Coin was created to acknowledge the famous naval battle which occurred in 1862. The Battle of Hampton Roads was fought during the American Civil War and marked the first time to iron-clad warships were engaged against each-other.
The USS Monitor, a ship of the Union forces, is featured on the reverse. The colored section of the strike shows a scene from the battle which pitted the Monitor against the Confederate ship known as Virginia. Underneath is the inscriptions of "BATTLE OF HAMPTON ROADS 1862."
Battle of Jutland Silver Proof Coin
The Battle of Jutland Silver Proof Coin marks the fourth of five coins to be issued by the Perth Mint in the series. It recognizes the largest ever naval battle in the history of the world known as the Battle of Jutland which was fought between the British Grand Fleet and the Imperial Germany Navy in 1916 which involved 250 ships.
To depict the battle, an image of the HMS Iron Duke (the British Navy’s flagship) is shown. The colored section of the strike shows an Iron Duke class dreadnought. Inscribed below the design is the inscription of "BATTLE OF JUTLAND 1916."
Battle of Midway Silver Proof Coin
Appearing as the last coin of the Perth Mint’s Famous Naval Battle series is the Battle of Midway Silver Proof Coin. This strike acknowledges the importance of the Battle of Midway fought near the Midway Islands between forces of the US Pacific Fleet and the Japanese Navy.
An image of the USS Enterprise, an aircraft carrier, is shown on the reverse of the coin. Shown in the colored section of the strike is a US dive bomber depicted above the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi.
Famous Naval Battles Silver Proof Coin Specifications
|Face Value:||AUS $1|
|Mintmark:||‘P’ for Perth Mint|
|Obverse Design:||Queen Elizabeth II of England|
|Obverse Designer:||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Design:||depiction of a famous naval battle|
|Reverse Designer:||varies based on year|