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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Villers-Bretonneux

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Villers-Bretonneux) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Villers-Bretonneux) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2018
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3.0 mm
Shape Dodecagonal- 12 sided
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

WW1 The Western Front - Villers-Bretonneux offensive

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
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 four Australian Soldiers with machine gun in the trenches at Hill 104 on the Western Front in Villers-Bretonneux

Lettering:
VILLERS - BRETONNEUX
HILL 104 1918
50
EL

Engraver: E. Llewelyn

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Villers-Bretonneux)

© 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 2018 coin relates to the action on 24th April 1918 by Australian troops of the 13th & 15th Brigades who were rushed south from Belgium towards Amiens in France to make a highly successful night-time assault on the German positions to recapture the town of Villers-Bretonneux. From Villers-Bretonneux, the allies launched their own counter offensive which ultimately brought an end to the fighting on the Western Front.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  15,000 UNC in Coincard

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