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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.71 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba

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

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

Lettering:
BATTLE
OF
BEERSHEBA
1917
EJ.L
1 DOLLAR

Engraver: EJ. Llewellen

Edge

7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  20,000 UNC in Coincard

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