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20 Cents - Elizabeth II Australian Operational Service Medal

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (Australian Operational Service Medal) -  obverse 20 Cents - Elizabeth II (Australian Operational Service Medal) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 USD
Metal 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 Queen Elizabeth II facing right

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 Australian Operational Service Medal partly surrounded by wattle leaves emerging from Royal Crown

Lettering:
20
AOSM - GREATER MIDDLE EAST OPERATION
AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL

Edge

Reeded

Comments

14 coin series called "Legends of the Anzacs" in April 2017.
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. They were issued in a collector  coin card.
This particular 20 cent coin refers to the Australian Operational Service medal which was instituted in 2014 and recognises Australian Defence Force service in the Middle East as part of Operations Manitou,  Accordion, Okra and Highroad. The colours of its ribbon represent different aspects of the Middle East mission: bone for sand, green for Australia and hope, black for anti-piracy and blue for maritime and air operations.

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2017  238,751 3.59 Coin Card

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