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HMS Achilles Silver Proof Coin - Silver Coin

Silver Coin
GBP £68.25
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Technical details
  • 02.04.2014
  • Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
  • Royal Dutch Mint
  • 0.999 silver
  • 38.70mm, 1 troy oz
  • One New Zealand dollar
About HMS Achilles Silver Proof Coin


2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II and the Battle of the River Plate (the first naval battle of the war) and Zealand Post is commemorating with this special coin issue.

Issue Information

The role that the HMS Achilles and her majority New Zealand crew played in this historic battle led to the eventual creation of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

The battle began at 6:18am on 13 December 1939 when German battleship the Admiral Graf Spee opened fire on the Exeter, one of the ships patrolling alongside the HMS Achilles. At 6:21am, the HMS Achilles retaliated and opened fire on the Graf Spee, becoming the first New Zealand unit to strike a blow at the enemy in World War II. 82 minutes after the battle began the Graf Spee withdrew and headed on a south-westward course towards the neutral port of Montevideo, Uruguay.

While at the time the battle was considered inconclusive, less than a week later, on 19 December 1939, the Graf Spee was scuttled by its own crew due to extensive damage from the battle, turning the Battle of the River Plate into a major victory for the Allied cause.



Worldwide mintage of just 1,500. Minted from 0.999 silver. Features the HMS Achilles (with official badge) returning home to an excited crowd in Auckland, New Zealand.


Issued to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate, this highly collectable coin depicts the HMS Achilles returning home to an excited crowd in Auckland. To achieve the clearest possible image, the crowd is printed with the minted photo image technique, and the official badge of the HMS Achilles also appears on the coin in full colour. With only 1,500 coins available individually, this coin is sure to be a great addition to any war numismatic collection.