50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Houston-Perth Sister Cities
|Queen||Elizabeth II (1952-date)|
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
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Houston-Perth Sister Cities.
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA
1/2OZ 999 SILVER 2014 50 CENTS
Depiction of two different Oil Rigs
Southern cross stars in the background
HOUSTON - TEXAS PERTH - WESTERN AUSTRALIA
|P||Perth Mint, Australia|
In 1984, the cities of Houston, Texas in the United States and Perth, Western Australia in Australia joined together in an official partnership as Sister Cities. The historical foundation for this partnership went much further back than 1984 however.
During the Battle of Sunda Strait in World War II, the USS Houston and HMAS Perth formed a joint American-Australian task force that attacked a superior Japanese naval force in hopes of delaying Japanese movements toward Australia. Both ships were sunk that day, but succeeded in stalling the Japanese Navy long enough for the American and Australian navies to regroup and halt the Japanese advance entirely.
On the reverse of these ½ oz Texas-Australia Sister Cities Silver Coins you’ll find an energy-themed design that features two distinctly different oil derricks. On the right is the typical offshore derrick you’ll find in the Gulf of Mexico off Houston’s coast, while the other represents the energy efforts of Australian firms in and around Perth.
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