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2017 20c Uncirculated Coin - 75th Anniversary of the sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke

2017 20c Uncirculated Coin - 75th Anniversary of the sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke

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2017 Australia 20c Uncirculated Coin: Sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke and Sister Vivian Bullwinkel's Survival

This commemorative 20c coin, part of the Royal Australian Mint's Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program, honors the remarkable story of survival and resilience surrounding the sinking of the SS Vyner Brooke during World War II. It pays tribute to the brave medical staff and wounded who were evacuated from Singapore, and especially to Sister Vivian Bullwinkel, the sole survivor of the Radji Beach massacre.

Features & Design:

  • Historical Significance: The coin's reverse design depicts the SS Vyner Brooke's harrowing journey, incorporating maritime elements and the location of the attack in Banka Strait.
  • Sister Bullwinkel's Courage: The coin commemorates Sister Bullwinkel's incredible survival, her selfless nursing of a fellow soldier, and her years of internment as a prisoner of war.
  • Uncirculated Quality: Minted to the Royal Australian Mint's high standard, this coin is in pristine, uncirculated condition.
  • Limited Mintage: With only 10,000 coins produced, this is a sought-after collector's item.
  • Legal Tender: The coin is Australian legal tender, featuring the obverse design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley.


  • Denomination: 20c
  • Product Code: 311522
  • Barcode: 9314683115229
  • Year: 2017
  • Metal Content: CuNi (Copper-Nickel)
  • Mass: 11.30 g
  • Diameter: 28.52 mm
  • Finish: Uncirculated
  • Final Mintage: 10,000

This coin serves as a poignant reminder of the courage and resilience displayed by Australians during World War II, and a tribute to the enduring spirit of those who served and sacrificed.

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