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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australian Light Horse

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australian Light Horse) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australian Light Horse) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.72 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 13.8 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Thickness 3.1 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

The Australian Light Horse

Series: Centenary of the First World War

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2017
1 DOLLAR
2017

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

A soldier of the Australian Light Horse charging on his horse. The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE WWI, as well as The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

Lettering:
AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE WWI
P

Edge

Reeded

Mint

P Perth Mint, Australia

Comments

Struck by the Perth Mint but issued exclusively by Australia Post in PNC Issue 12 of 2017.


Five brigades of the legendary Australian Light Horse served during the Great War, mainly in the desert campaigns. Following Gallipoli and troops departing for the Western Front, the ANZAC Mounted Division was formed in Egypt in 1916, comprising three Australian Light Horse brigades, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles and the Imperial Camel Corps.
In 1916 and early 1917 they secured the Suez Canal and fought at Romani in the Sinai Desert. In 1917 they participated in the advance into Palestine, where they fought actions at Gaza, Beersheba and Jerusalem. In 1918, they moved into the Jordan Valley, where they fought at Jericho, Amman and Es Salt, and ultimately entered Damascus later in the year. Conditions cold be no more different to those experience in Europe, in place of bone-chilling cold and lakes of mud, mounted troops endured extreme heat, water shortages and seas of sand.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017 P 10,000 UNC in PNC
2017 P 500 UNC in PNC - ANDA Brisbane Money Expo

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