Famous Battles in History - The Battle of Cannae 216 BC

Tuvalu 2009 - $1 - Famous Battles in History - The Battle of Cannae 216 BC - 1oz LIMITED Silver Coin

Only 5.000 of these special coins were issued by Perth Mint!
This silver proof coin is dedicated to famous battles in history.

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Country Tuvalu
Year 2009
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 1
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 1oz - 31,1g
Diameter 40,6 mm
Thickness 4 mm
Mintage 5000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $92.43
Coin Story

The Battle of Cannae is a major battle of the Second Punic War that took place on 2 August 216 BC in Apulia, in southeast Italy. The army of Carthage, under Hannibal, decisively defeated a larger army of the Roman Republic, under the consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro. It is regarded both as one of the greatest tactical feats in military history and as one of the worst defeats in Roman history. Having recovered from their losses at Trebia (218 BC) and Lake Trasimene (217 BC), the Romans decided to engage Hannibal at Cannae, with roughly 86,000 Roman and allied troops. The Romans massed their heavy infantry in a deeper formation than usual, while Hannibal utilized the double-envelopment tactic. This was so successful that the Roman army was effectively destroyed as a fighting force. Following the defeat, Capua and several other Italian city-states defected from the Roman Republic to Carthage.

Reverse Design

The central color image depicts the height of the Battle of Cannae, with Romans and Carthaginians fighting in close quarters to the death. To the right is a frosted cameo proof rendition of a Carthaginian warrior dressed in protective armor, including his metal cuirass (breastplate), with sword and helmet. To the left is one of Hannibal's war elephants, with which he crossed the Alps. To the left one can find the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark. The legend reads THE BATTLE OF CANNAE 216 BC.

Obverse Design

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.


The Famous Battles in History - The Battle of Cannae 216 BC silver coin is encapsulated inside a taupe brown leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is include

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