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20 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 1939 - 1945 Star

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 1939 - 1945 Star) -  obverse20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 1939 - 1945 Star) -  reverse

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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: In Rank-Broadley

Reverse

Depiction of the 1939 - 1945 Star Medal partly surrounded by wattle leaves emerging from Royal Crown

Lettering:
20
GRJ VI
THE 1939 - 1945 STAR
1939-1945 STAR

Edge

Reeded

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 1939 - 1945 Star) -  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 1939 - 1945 Star medal which was awarded to all members of the British & Commonwealth forces who completed 180 days of operational flying during the Second World War. Two clasps could be worn on the medal ribbon: the Battle of Britain Clasp and the Bomber Command Clasp. Merchant Navy sailors also qualified if they served in certain theatres of war. More than 520,000 Australians received the medal.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  238,744 3.69 UNC in Coincard

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