Monday, March 26, 2007

Australian SAS 1957 – 2007 1oz Silver Proof Coin

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Australian Special Air Service, the Perth mint has produced the Australian SAS 1957 – 2007 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) is a Special Forces regiment modeled on the original British SAS and also drawing on the traditions of the Australian World War II 'Z' Special Force commando unit, as well as the Independent Companies which were active in the South Pacific during the same period. It is based at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne, Perth, Western Australia and is a unit of the Royal Australian Corps of Infantry, part of the Australian Defense Force. They have been widely regarded as one of the better special forces units in the world; ranking alongside the British SAS/SBS and US Navy SEALs special forces.

The Australian SAS is the crack Regiment revered as the 'eyes and ears' of the Australian Defense Force, and the regimental motto is 'Who dares wins'.

Fully supported by the SAS itself, this spectacular Perth Mint release offers collectors of Australian military commemoratives a magnificent tribute with which to celebrate the Regiment’s many vital contributions throughout the world.

The coin's reverse depicts SAS soldiers in action in a variety of operational contexts. The design, which includes colored elements and the words AUSTRALIAN SAS 1957-2007, also portrays the SAS badge incorporating the words WHO DARES WINS.

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality with a Coloured Reverse Design and is housed in a stylish presentation case and superbly illustrated shipper

No more than 7,500 of these coins will be released by The Perth Mint and each will be accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The Australian SAS 1957 – 2007 1oz Silver Proof Coin is going to be a much sought after coin by coin enthusiasts.

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