The Korean War one dollar coin was issued in 2013 to commemorate sixty years since the cessation of fighting on the 27th of July 1953. The reverse features a striking depiction of a dove in flight with the word 'peace' in Korean. The reverse legend states "KOREAN WAR 60TH ANNIVERSARY 1953-2013". The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with the legend and denomination "ELIZABETH II - AUSTRALIA 2013 - 1 DOLLAR".
The Korean war began in 1950 when the Korean People's Army pushed across the famous 38th Parallel into South Korea. The capital of South Korea, Seoul, fell to the North Koreans within a week. The United States promptly committed troops and within a month US ground forces were authorised to deploy, the UN Security Council followed suit and Australia became the second country to commit personnel from all three branches of the military. On the North Korean side, China entered the war allowing the truly devastating scale of the conflict to emerge. Over the following three years, heavy looses were sustained by both sides before the final armistice was signed. At 10 pm, when the armistice came into action, the nations withdrew two kilometres and the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) was created. The DMZ remains in effect to this day.(Australian War Memorial, 2017)