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20 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Anzac Spirit - Honest

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Anzac Spirit - Honest) -  obverse20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Anzac Spirit - Honest) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2018
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 11.31 g
Diameter 28.52 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
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

Designer: 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 Captain James Francis Hurley with Camera
Motor Vehicle in background
Surrounded by a sprig of three poppies on a curved stem
Angular shapes to left, right & top outside inner circle

Lettering:
20
HONEST

Edge

Milled

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Anzac Spirit - Honest) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint in conjunction with some Australian Newspapers released this NCLT coin as part of a 15 coin set in October/November 2018. The first coin came with a large folding album and the coins were issued in coincards. The series is called "Anzac Spirit - Values that Defined our Nation".


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).
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 20 Cent coin is not meant for circulation however it is legal tender.
 
This particular coin refers to the Honest Value. To Charles Bean, Australia's official historian of WW1, photographs were "sacred records" that would allow "future generations to see the plain, simple, honest truth". He valued photography for its documentary role and had little time for overly-dramatized propaganda or staged pictures. Concerned at the absence of authentic photographs of Australians, he commissioned polar explorers Frank Hurley (As depicted on this coin) and Hubert Wilkins as official photographers to the Australian Imperial Force.  The pair took mainly black-and-white images but also made motion pictures and colour plates.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  147,450 3.27 UNC in Coincard

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