Elizabeth II (1952-date)
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Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Three soldiers in uniform on horseback with their military equipment, each holding a bayonet. In the background, positioned above a horizontal line, a representation of a mosque
Engraver: EJ. Llewellen
7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)
© Mike Bentley
Released by the RAM in a coincard this NCLT $1 Aluminium-bronze coin commemorates 100 years since the Battle of Beersheba.
The coin honours the courage and sacrifice shown during the charge of the Light Horsemen at the Battle of Beersheba. This was one of the most gallant actions fought by Australians in the Middle East during the First World War. On 31 October 1917 Australian troops from the 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments charged the Ottoman positions under artillery and rifle fire. They succeeded in overrunning the Ottoman defences and captured the town, incurring relatively few losses. Capturing Beersheba resulted in outflanking the Ottoman bastion at Gaza allowing the British to continue the advance into Palestine.
An identical design silver coin with a limited mintage of 5000 was also produced by the RAM.
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