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20 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Nursing Service Cross

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Nursing Service Cross) -  obverse20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Nursing Service Cross) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 11.31 g
Diameter 28.52 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Legends of the Anzacs - Medals of Honour

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2017
IRB

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Depiction of the Nursing Service Cross Medal partly surrounded by wattle leaves emerging from Royal Crown

Lettering:
20
NURSING SERVICE CROSS

Edge

Reeded

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Nursing Service Cross) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint in conjunction with some Australian Newspapers released this NCLT coin as part of a 14 coin set in April 2017. The first coin came with a large folding album and the coins were issued in coincards. The series is called "Legends of the Anzacs - Medals of Honour".

 
To get a coin you had to obtain a token from the newspaper and redeem it at a cost of $3.00. Different tokens were published each day for 2 weeks (hence 14 coins). The coins are commemorating various service medals awarded to Australian Military personnel from the Boer War to the Afghanistan War.  
Ten of the 14 coins released in the series are 20 cent coins and four of them are 25 cent coins.
 
This particular 20 cent coin refers to the Nursing Service Cross medal which is awarded to members of the Australian Defence Force who demonstrate outstanding devotion and competence in the performance of nursing duties, or perform an act of exceptional dedication. Introduced in 1989 the Nursing Service Cross is  four-stepped silver cross inlaid with red transparent enamel. It is accompanied with a ribbon of white for purity, gold to represent the colour of sand and a red vertical stripe.

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2017  241,744 3.25 UNC in Coincard

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