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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Tobruk

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Tobruk) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Tobruk) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
Value 50 Cents
0.50 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 Series

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 two Australian Soldiers manning a machine gun post & another in a trench against a background of the Libyan coastline including Tobruk

Lettering:
TOBRUK 1941
50

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

Comments

Royal Australian Mint issued this NCLT coin as a tribute to the "Rats of Tobruk" In 1941, Australian and Allied forces sought to defend Egypt and the Suez Canal from the German and Italian Axis forces. To achieve this, it was vital that the Allies hold the fortified port of Tobruk on the Libyan coast. British and Commonwealth forces successfully captured the Tobruk fortress and held it against besieging Axis troops for eight months. With the Allies’ extensive network of trenches and underground tunnels, Nazi propagandist William Joyce tried to discredit them by labelling them as the "Rats of Tobruk." This nickname was reclaimed by the defending soldiers who wore the name with pride.
 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  50,000 9.78 UNC in Card

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