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HMS Achilles Coin 2014.


HMS Achilles Proof Silver Dollar 2014.

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New Zealand Proof Silver Dollar 2014.

A coin to mark an historic victory.

Issued to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate.

Small mintage only 1,500 available individually.

Silver .999 Proof, 1 oz.

HMSAchilles was a Leander-class light cruiser which served in the Royal New Zealand Navy in WII. She became famous for her part in the Battle of the River Plate alongside Ajax and Exeter. She served in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

The Battle of the River Plate in 1939.

A force consisting of Achilles, Ajax and Exeter engaged the German destroyer Admiral Graf Spee, after  a fierce battle the Graf Spee disengaged and entered the neutral harbour of Montevideo pursued by the Achilles, Ajaz and Exeter and was forced to return to sea by International law within 72 hours, faced with what was believed to be overwhelming odds the captain Hans Langsdorff had his ship scuttled to save the lives of his crew.

The Achilles returned to Auckland, New Zealand on 23 Feb 1940.



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