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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australia's Vietnam Forces

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australia's Vietnam Forces) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australia's Vietnam Forces) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2003
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 803
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

30th Anniversary of Australia's Vietnam Forces

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
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 obelisk's with an ellipse between them.

Lettering:
FOR SERVICE-AUSTRALIA'S VIETNAM FORCES
1962 - 1973
· ONE DOLLAR ·

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australia's Vietnam Forces)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This 2003 Vietnam Veterans NCLT $1 coin was released in a collector folder to commemorate Australia's 10 year involvement in the Vietnam war.



Australians became involved in the war in 1962. Over the next 10 years more than 50,000 Australians served in the theatre, peaking at more than 8,000 in country in 1967. The three services were involved in the conflict, the Army, the RAAF,  and the Navy. Australia withdrew it's forces in 1972 with South Vietnam being over-run by the forces of North Vietnam in 1975. Sadly, Australia suffered 519 fatalities in the Vietnam war and nearly 2,400 were wounded in the conflict. The reverse of the coin depicts the Australia Vietnam Forces Memorial which can be seen on ANZAC Parade in front of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2003  57,000 UNC in Coincard/Folder

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