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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australians at War 09 - War in the Pacific

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 09 - War in the Pacific) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 09 - War in the Pacific) -  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 (Pad Printed)
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal- 12 sided
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Australians at War - War in the Pacific

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 looking out over a colourised Pacific Ocean. Standing beside Palm Trees. Flying overhead are Japanese Zero Fighter Bombers. In the background is a Merchant Ship that has been hit and is on fire

Lettering:
WAR IN THE PACIFIC
50

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 09 - War in the Pacific) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint issued this Pad Printed NCLT 50 cent coin as a tribute to those who served in the War in the Pacific. The war came to Australia in 1942 when Japanese forces in the Pacific overran British and Commonwealth forces in Malaya and Singapore and invaded New Guinea. Darwin and Northern Australia was repeatedly bombed while Sydney and Newcastle were also attacked. Along the Kokoda Trail and at Milne Bay, Australian forces blunted the Japanese offensive in Papua. From 1943 to 1945 Australians fought in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and were fighting in Borneo when the Japanese ultimately surrendered in 1945.

This partly colourised 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  17,000 9.07 UNC in Coincard

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