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Battles that Changed History – Battle of Yorktown

New Coin Collection Revealed – Battles That Changed History

New Zealand Mint is thrilled to introduce a brand-new coin collection, Battles That Changed History – which will highlight legendary battles that changed the course of history. The Battle of Yorktown 1 oz. Silver Coin is the first coin to be released in the collection. It features a colored illustration of the battle leader, General George Washington. He stands against a background showing his American troops capturing a British gun during the Battle of Yorktown, 1781.

Battle of Yorktown Coin – Reverse

Battle of Yorktown Coin – Obverse

This coin cleverly combines colour and engraving, with an antique-finish, and comes presented in an antique-looking timber box. This opens to reveal the coin nestled in its black velvet interior with the uniquely numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The themed outer box features a black line art illustration of the battle imposed over an antiqued paper texture.

Battle of Yorktown – Packaging

With a worldwide mintage of only 5,000 coins, this coin would make an excellent gift for coin collectors and those interested in history.

About the Battle of Yorktown:

In the fall of 1781, General George Washington’s forces, supported by the French army and navy, besieged General Lord Charles Cornwallis’ veteran British army – dug in at Yorktown, Virginia. The Battle of Yorktown proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War.

After bombardment, both day and night, from cannon and artillery, the British situation began to deteriorate rapidly and Cornwallis surrendered on 17 October.

Replacing Cornwallis’ captured army was a questionable proposition for the British. With support for the war eroded, peace negotiations began the following year. The Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783 and formally brought an end to the Revolutionary War and established the United States as a free and independent country.

In 1789 George Washington became the first President of the United States.

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