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20 Cents - Elizabeth II Anzac Spirit - Independent

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (Anzac Spirit - Independent) -  obverse20 Cents - Elizabeth II (Anzac Spirit - Independent) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2018
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 11.3 g
Diameter 28.65 mm
Thickness 2.5 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

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 Major Walter Oswald Watt standing in front
of a Sopwith Camel biplane in the background
Surrounded by a sprig of three poppies on a curved stem
Angular shapes to left, right & top outside inner circle

Lettering:
20
INDEPENDENT

Edge

Milled

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 20 Cent coin is not meant for circulation however it is legal tender.
 
This particular coin refers to the Independent Value. It was decided in 1911 that aviation should be developed by the national armed forces of the British Empire. Australia became the first to follow this policy, forming a unit that evolved into the Australian Flying corps (AFC). During World War One, AFC squadrons served independently from Britain's Royal Flying Corps - and Australian airmen became adept at operating self-sufficiently. One example was Walter Oswald Watt. who became a pilot before the war and flew with the French Foreign Legion before transferring to the AFC. He fought in Egypt then commanded a squadron of single-seater fighters over France and Belgium until he was made Lieutenant Colonel and given command of the AFC's 1st Training Wing in England in 1918. Eventually the AFC became the RAAF, Royal Australian Air Force.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  3.43 UNC in Coincard

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