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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Unlikely Heroes - Sandy the War Horse

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Sandy the War Horse) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Sandy the War Horse) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.69 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Unlikely Heroes Great and Small Series

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2015
IRB
1 DOLLAR

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 Horses Head showing against a background of a Desert Scene

Edge

7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Sandy the War Horse)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This NCLT Aluminium-bronze $1 colourised coin was released in a coincard by the RAM in 2015 as part of a six coin series of ANZAC themed Animals at War coins. Mintage to be confirmed but capped at 30,000.



During World War I, 6100 Australian horses were deployed overseas. ‘Walers’ was the name given to horses used by the Australian Imperial Force in Magdhaba and Beersheba throughout the Middle East Campaign. Of the 6100 ‘Walers’ who fought alongside our soldiers, only one horse completed his journey back home: Sandy the War Horse. Sandy was the loyal companion to Major General Sir William Bridges, First Commander of the Australian Imperial Force. After the Major’s death, Sandy was cared for by Captain Leslie Whitfield in Egypt. In 1918, Sandy was brought home to graze at an Army stable in Victoria, where he saw out the rest of his days.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2015  30,000 UNC in Coincard

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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (Unlikely Heroes - Sandy the War Horse)