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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Passchendaele

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Passchendaele) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Passchendaele) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal- 12 sided
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

WW1 The Western Front - Battle of Passchendele

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 13 Australian Soldiers marching through the muddy fields of Passchendaele

Lettering:
50
PASSCHENDELE
1917
EL

Engraver: E. Llewellen

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Passchendaele) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint is producing a series of NCLT 50 cent coins to commemorate the Battles of the Western Front that Australian soldiers took a major part in during WW1. They are released on a coin card.

 This 2017 coin relates to the military efforts at Passchendaele. Throughout September and October of 1917, Australian troops participated in the British offensive known as the Third Battle of Ypres, which sought to capture the village of Passchendaale in Belgium and advance to the coast. The Australians fought costly but successful actions at Menin Road, Polygon Wood and Broodseinde Ridge, all of which were well supported by artillery. Heavy rain soon turned the shell-torn and low lying landscape into a quagmire, impeding any further progress. Australian efforts to capture Passchendaele ultimately failed dismally, and resulted in catastrophic losses. The Australians suffered 38,000 casualties - their greatest losses of the war.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  15,000 UNC in Coincard

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