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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Coral & Balmoral

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Coral & Balmoral) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Coral & Balmoral) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2018
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 3.0 mm
Shape Dodecagonal- 12 sided
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Battle of the Fire Support Bases

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

Australian Troops loading a Field Artillery gun with live shells

Lettering:
BATTLES of
CORAL
&
BALMORAL
1968
AB
50

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint released this NCLT 50 cent coin to commemorate the Battles of Coral & Balmoral during the Vietnam War. It was released on a coin card.

Throughout May & June of 1969 Australian Troops fought their largest and most sustained engagement of the Vietnam War. In a succession of actions that occurred over four weeks, in what was then part of Bien Hoa Province, units of the 1st Australian Task Force confronted regimental-sized forces of the North Vietnamese Regular Army that made repeated assaults against Fire Support Bases Coral & Balmoral. All attacks were repelled at great cost to the enemy, although 25 Australians died in the fighting and over 100 were wounded.

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2018  30,000 Coincard

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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Coral & Balmoral)