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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Anzac Spirit - Devoted

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Anzac Spirit - Devoted) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Anzac Spirit - Devoted) -  reverse

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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 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

A Nurse and Medical Orderly tending to a wounded soldier
next to a Field Hospital tent
Surrounded by a sprig of three poppies on a curved stem
Angular shapes to left, right & top outside inner circle

Lettering:
50
DEVOTED

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 Devoted Value. More than 80% of Australian WW1 battle casualties were sustained on the Western front. To deal with the influx of wounded men, a system of battlefield evacuation and treatment was developed. This involved women of the Australian Army Nursing Service working in casualty stations and field hospitals behind the Allied front lines. In their white aprons and veils, the nurses seemed to be angels to wounded soldiers - yet they were exposed to the hell of war themselves, at times being subject to long-range German  bombardment and air attack. Despite all this they were devoted to their work.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  3.47 UNC in Coincard

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