2014 PNC - Battle of Cocos Islands - Centenary of the Sydney/Emden Engagement

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2014 PNC - Battle of Cocos Islands - Centenary of the Sydney/Emden Engagement

 

Shortly after dawn on 9th November 1914, Australian troop transports and warships received the call that the German raider SMS Emden was lurking in the region of Port Refuge in the Cocos-Keeling Islands.
The closest warship was the HMAS Sydney, which engaged in a protracted and blazing battle with the Emden.

Whilst forcing the Emden to be grounded on the North Keeling Island Reef, 134 German crewman were killed in the battle. However, it was much more noteworthy that the wounded German prisoners sang resounding praises of the Australians who treated them.

This mutual respect under adversity instilled a long-lasting sense of pride and admiration for this noble force, remembered on the anniversary of this battle.

Mintage: 10,000.

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