50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australians at War 12 - Empire Air Training Scheme

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 12 - Empire Air Training Scheme) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 12 - Empire Air Training Scheme) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = USD 0.35
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Technique Milled, coloured
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 76369
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)

Commemorative issue

Australians at War - Empire Air Training Scheme

Obverse

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

Script: Latin

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2015
IRB

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

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

Script: Latin

Lettering:
50
EMPIRE AIR TRAINING SCHEME

Designer: E. Lewellen

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 12 - Empire Air Training Scheme) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint issued this Pad Printed NCLT 50 cent 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.  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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2015  20 054 $ 11 BU in Coincard

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