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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australians at War 05 - The Western Front

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 05 - The Western Front) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 05 - The Western Front) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2014
Value 50 cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel (Pad Printed)
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Australia at War: The Western Front

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2014
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

On the background of a map of Europe, soldiers from both sides of the conflict paying tribute at a memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France. A red poppy flower is also depicted

Lettering:
THE WESTERN FRONT
50 Cents
France, England, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy

Engraver: Aaron Baggio

Aaron Baggio is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 05 - The Western Front) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint issued this Pad Printed NCLT 50 cent coin as a tribute to those who served on the Western Front. The Western Front was a 760 kilometre stretch of land where Australian Diggers spent three years fighting Imperial Germany. In 1917, they pursued the Germans to the Hindenburg Line, and fought them at the third battle of Ypres in Belgium. In 1918, they valiantly defended the city of Amiens.
This coin is part of the "Australians at War" 18 coin series being issued individually.  Six coins were issued in 2014, Six in 2015 and the final Six in 2016.

All of the coins were issued in individual credit card sized coincards.
 

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2014  50,000 UNC

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