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Australia HMAS Yarra III

2011 Proof Two Dollar reverse 2011 Proof Two Dollar obverse

2011 Proof Two Dollar

Reverse Designer:RAM Design Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:34mm Weight:20.28g Edge:Interrupted Composition:99.9% Silver


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This sterling silver two dollar coin about the HMAS Yarra III, was produced in commemoration of 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy. It is part of a set of six coins that also includes HMAS AE2 Submarine, HMAS Australia II, HMAS Sydney III, HMAS Hobart II and HMAS Armidale II. The reverse was designed in-house at the Royal Australian Mint and features the submarine portrayed over a map of Australia and Southern Asia. It includes the legend "100 YEARS OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY H.M.A.S. YARRA III 1911 2011 2 DOLLARS". The obverse shows an Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing with tiara and earrings. The legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011" encircles the image. The set comes in a black presentation box with a velvet lining and includes a booklet detailing the vessels along with a numbered authentication certificate. The mintage was just 5,000 for this set.

HMAS Yarra was a River Class Destroyer Escort built at the Williamstown Naval Dockyard in Melbourne. There were twelve built like her between 1957 and 1971. The others were HMAS Parramatta III, HMAS Derwent, HMAS Stuart II, HMAS Swan III and HMAS Torrens II. HMAS Yarra was commissioned on the 27th July, 1961 and was commanded by Commander James Merson. After her trials, she joined the 2nd Division, 1st Frigate Squadron with her sister ship the HMAS Parramatta III (Royal Australian Navy, 2013) . Her armament included a Seacat Guided missile system, Ikara anti-submarine missile system, 2 x 4.5 inch guns, 2 x 40mm bofors and 2 x Limbo triple-barrelled anti-submarine mortars. Her finest moment was serving during the confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia with an incursion force at Sabah. For this she received the battle honour '1964'66". During her lifetime she had amassed a total of 714,054 nautical miles being decommissioned on the 22nd November 1985.

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