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2014 Centenary of Australian Submarines 1oz Silver Proof Coin Badge Set
The Perth Mint has once again excelled itself with this beautiful coin and lapel pin badge set.
Housed in a plush style clam case the coin itself depicts a Colin Class submarine cruising along on the ocean surface.
Incorporate into the design are the words CENTENARY OF AUSTRALIAN SUBMARINES 1914 – 2014 as well as the Perth Mint Mint mark
To complete the coin, the words SILENT SERVICE are inscribed on the coin's edge.
The coins' obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination as well as the coin’s weight and fineness. The 2014 year-date are shown on the coin’s obverse.
The replica lapel pin badge design features the dolphin and crown emblem and bears the inscription SUBMARINE FORCE AUSTRALIA SILENT SERVICE. Australian sailors in the Submarine Service are awarded a badge depicting two dolphins and a crown. This badge which is also known as a sailor's 'dolphins' was originally introduced in 1964 or there about and was then later adopted by the Royal Navy Submarine Service in 1972.
This is an extremely limited release and no more than 3,000 of the Centenary of Australian Submarines 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin & Replica Badge Sets will be produced. This in itself is an extremely good reason to invest now before all examples are picked up by other investors.
Each of the Perth Mint sets comes with a COA with individual numbering. Certificate number may vary from those displayed here.
The Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service is the collective name of the submarine element of the Royal Australian Navy. The service currently forms the Navy's Submarine Force Element Group (FEG) and consists of six Collins class submarines. The Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service has been established four times, with the initial three attempts being foiled by combat losses and Australia's economic problems. The modern Submarine Service was established in 1964, and has formed an important element of the Australian military's capacity since that date. While the Submarine Service has not seen combat since World War I, Australian submarines have conducted extensive surveillance operations throughout South East Asia.
The Jolly Roger (pirate flag), is a sign of victory and is flown each time a submarine returns home from a successful wartime patrol. The tradition was started over 100 years ago at a time when submarines were not in mode and seen as sneaky and underhand. One of the submarine fleets most vocal opponents was one Admiral Arthur Wilson who described submarines as being, "underhand, underwater and damned un-English". He declared that any Submariner captured during wartime should be 'hanged as a pirate.' Shortly afterward a submarine listed as HM E9, sank the the very first enemy warship in World War 1. When the sub returned to the harbour it had her periscope raised and attached to it the black flag with the skull and crossbones flying proudly. This was very much a tongue in cheek 'dig' at Admiral Wilson's comment.
Silver Content 1 Troy Ounce
Monetary Denomination AUD$ 1
Fineness (% purity) 99.9
Minimum Gross Weight 31.135g
Maximum Diameter 40.60mm
Maximum Thickness 4.00mm
Maximum Mintage 3,000
Designer Wade Robinson
Replica Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service Badge
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity