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

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

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Commemorate a pivotal moment in Australian naval history with this limited edition 2014 PNC (Philatelic Numismatic Cover).

This PNC marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cocos, a key naval victory for Australia during World War I. It features:

  • A brilliant uncirculated 50-cent coin depicting the HMAS Sydney.
  • A commemorative stamp postmarked with the first day of issue cancellation, highlighting the significance of the event.

The Story Behind the Coin and Stamp:

On the dawn of November 9th, 1914, Australian forces received word of the German raider SMS Emden lurking near the Cocos-Keeling Islands. The HMAS Sydney, the closest Allied warship, bravely engaged the Emden in a fierce battle. The Sydney's superior firepower forced the Emden to run aground, resulting in a decisive Australian victory.

A Remarkable Display of Respect:

While the battle itself was a significant event, a truly remarkable story emerged from the aftermath. The wounded German prisoners expressed immense gratitude for the care and respect they received from their Australian captors. This display of mutual respect under difficult circumstances serves as a lasting testament to the courage and humanity displayed by both sides.

Product Details:

  • Coin denomination: 50 cents
  • Coin quality: Uncirculated
  • Coin metal: Cupro Nickel
  • Coin weight: 15.55 grams
  • Coin diameter: 31.51 millimeters
  • Mintage: 10,000 (limited edition)
  • Authenticity: Guaranteed by the Australia Post Seal

Own a piece of Australian history and honor the bravery of those who fought in the Battle of Cocos. This PNC is a valuable collector's item and a unique gift for history buffs.

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