1917 The Darkest Hour Gold Proof Coin

This highly collectable and intricately designed 1/4oz gold proof coin features Sling Camp, where thousands of New Zealand soldiers trained and recovered from battle.


  • Minted from 0.9999 gold
  • Very limited worldwide mintage of 500
  • Coin comes in a pressed metal tin, made to resemble those gifted to soldiers in World War I by HRH Princess Mary at Christmas
  • Depicted on the coin are a mother and daughter in New Zealand reading a letter from a loved one at Sling Camp
  • Collectable coin commemorating New Zealand's involvement in the First World War in 1917

Situated on the Salisbury Plain, England, Sling Camp’s primary purpose was to train new recruits, with around 4,000 New Zealand troops at the camp at any given time. Sling also served as a recovery and reconditioning stop for soldiers returning to the front. The cold weather and isolation of the camp meant it was unpopular with many, and it was in these bleak conditions that some unfortunate men would write their final letters home.

This coin depicts a mother and daughter at home in New Zealand reading a much-anticipated letter from a loved one at Sling Camp. The landscape of the camp is depicted in the background.

Denomination: Ten New Zealand dollars
Composition: 0.9999 gold
Weight: 1/4oz
Diameter: 21.69mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Shape: Round
Reverse design: A family in New Zealand reading a letter from a loved one at Sling Camp
Designed by: Strategy Creative, Wellington, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 500
Mint: Royal Australian Mint

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Price: $799.00
1917 The Darkest Hour

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