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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Empire Air Training Scheme

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Empire Air Training Scheme) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Empire Air Training Scheme) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
Value 50 Cents
0.5 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal - 12 sided
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Australians at War - Empire Air Training Scheme

Obverse

4th Portrait Queen Elizabeth II facing right

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 a recruit in training to become a qualified Airman against the backdrop of the European theatre of war. Colourised aircrew ribbon shown at the bottom of the coin

Lettering:
50
EMPIRE AIR TRAINING SCHEME

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

Comments

Royal Australian Mint issued this NCLT coin as a tribute to those who served as aircrew in WWII. At the outbreak of the Second World War, Britain did not have the manpower to maintain the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the impending war in Europe. A plan was subsequently put forward to form a pool of trained aircrew from all corners of the Commonwealth. Over 37,000 Australian airmen trained in air schools all across the British Empire. Many went on to serve alongside British, Canadian, New Zealand, Rhodesian, and South African aircrews in the RAF’s air war over Europe.
This coin is part of the "Australians at War" 18 coin series being issued individually.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2015  17,002 10.11 UNC in Card

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