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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Anzac Spirit - Resourceful

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Anzac Spirit - Resourceful) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Anzac Spirit - Resourceful) -  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 15.5 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

ANZAC Spirit

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

Two Australian Soldiers in a WW1 trench
using a periscope rifle set in an inner circle
Surrounded by a sprig of three poppies on a curved stem
Angular shapes to left, right & top outside inner circle

Lettering:
50
RESOURCEFUL

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint in conjunction with Australian Newspapers released this NCLT coin as part of a 15 coin series called "Anzac Spirit" in October/November 2018.
To get a coin you had to obtain a paper token from the newspaper and redeem it at a cost of $3.00. Different tokens were published each day for just over 2 weeks (hence 15 coins).
The Anzac Spirit coins are commemorating  the "Values that Defined our Nation"

Eleven of the 15 coins released in the series are 20 cent coins and four of them are 50 cent coins. They were issued in a collector coin card. This 50 Cent coin is not meant for circulation however it is legal tender.
 
This particular coin refers to the Resourceful Value. The Australian Armed Forces during WW1 were skilled at coming up with new and unique ways to fight the enemy. The Periscope Rifle was created on Gallipoli in May 1915 by Lance Corporal William Beech. The device allowed a soldier in a trench to take accurate aim and fire his rifle over the parapet using the mirrors of the periscope without exposing himself to danger.
At the same time soldiers discovered that empty jam tins stuffed with explosives and shrapnel made effective, if rudimentary, hand grenades.
Another invention was the drip rifle that used two kerosene tins, one full of water, to trigger a counter-weight mechanism that fired a rifle without the aid of a soldier. They provided sporadic fire that convinced the Ottomans the front line was manned while thousands of men were actually being evacuated.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  3.46 UNC in coincard

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