Balaklava served as a supply port for Britain and her allies during the Crimean War. Having resisted a Russian attempt to capture the town, the British Light Brigade was ordered to disrupt their withdrawal. But the command was misinterpreted, resulting in the charge of 660 men “into the valley of Death”. The realities of the disaster were brought home with startling impact by The Times newspaper’s battlefield correspondent William Howard Russell, and immortalised in verse by Alfred Tennyson in The Charge of the Light Brigade.
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
Coloured Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse, which includes The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, portrays a coloured depiction of the Light Brigade’s ill-fated charge. Struck elements of the design portray a Cossack and a representation of the British commander, Lord Cardigan, on a horse.
Issued as Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coin bears the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2009 year-date on its obverse.
Extremely Limited Mintage
The Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 of these coins.
Each coin is housed in a presentation display case and superbly illustrated shipper.
Certificate of Authenticity
Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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