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2016 20c Coin - 'Anzac to Afghanistan' - Thai-Burma Railway

2016 20c Coin - 'Anzac to Afghanistan' - Thai-Burma Railway

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20c Coin: Tribute to Aussie Prisoners of War in WWII

This 20c uncirculated coin commemorates the 22,000 Aussies who became Prisoners of War (POWs) under the Japanese in Southeast Asia during World War II. Heaps of them were captured when Singapore fell in 1942, and 10,000 were forced to work on the bloody awful Thai-Burma Railway, facing brutality, disease, and not enough tucker.

The coin honours the memory of these brave blokes, particularly Colonel Edward "Weary" Dunlop, a doctor who became a legend for his tireless efforts to look after the health and well-being of his fellow prisoners. His legacy was also recognized on a 1995 50c commemorative coin.

Key Features:

  • Tribute to POWs: Honours the 22,000 Aussie POWs and their resilience in the face of adversity.
  • Weary Dunlop's Legacy: Recognises the extraordinary efforts of Colonel Dunlop in caring for his mates.
  • Historical Significance: Commemorates a dark chapter in Aussie history and the sacrifices made by those who served.
  • Limited Mintage: Only 245,800 coins were minted, making it a sought-after collector's item.

This coin serves as a powerful reminder of the courage and sacrifice of Aussie POWs, ensuring their stories are never forgotten.

Some minor wear to outer card.

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