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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australians at War 11 - Crete

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 11 - Crete) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 11 - Crete) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal- 12 sided
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 2190
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Australians at War - Crete

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2015
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 Australian Soldiers operating a field gun, Paratroopers landing, Aircraft flying overhead and Ancient Columns of Crete in the left background

Lettering:
CRETE
50
1941

Engraver: E. Llewellyn

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 11 - Crete) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint issued this NCLT 50 cent coin as a tribute to those who served in Crete during the Second World War in 1941. As Australian and Allied troops began withdrawing from Greece, many were relocated to the island of Crete to sustain the Royal Navy’s garrison. While German forces were initially engaged in other battles, they sought to capture the island’s three main airfields, launching an assault on Crete on 20 May 1941.

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
2015  18,002 9.68 UNC in Coincard

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