2012 marked 70 years since the Kokoda campaign took place. During this campaign, a series of violent conflicts occurred along the notorious Kokoda Trail from July to November 1942. While the Gallipoli campaign of WWI was Australia’s first military test as a new nation, the fighting during the Kokoda campaign represents the first time in the nation’s history that its security was directly threatened.
As a tribute to this period, the Royal Australian Mint released this commemorative uncirculated 50c piece. The coin’s design was inspired by the Isurava Memorial. The memorial features four Australian black granite pillars, which each represent a defining ANZAC quality – Courage, Endurance, Mateship, and Sacrifice.
The coin comes in its original display card.