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20 Cents - Elizabeth II Rats of Tobruk

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (Rats of Tobruk) -  obverse 20 Cents - Elizabeth II (Rats of Tobruk) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 11.31 g
Diameter 28.52 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

ANZAC to Afghanistan Series - Rats of Tobruk

Obverse

4th Portrait Queen Elizabeth II facing right

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
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

Three Australian Soldiers with bayonette's attached to rifles ready for action.

Lettering:
20
RATS OF TOBRUK

Edge

Reeded

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint in conjunction with some Australian Newspapers released this coin as part of a 14 coin series called "ANZACs to Afghanistan". To get a coin you had to obtain a token from the newspaper and redeem it at a cost of $3.00. Different tokens were published each day for 2 weeks (hence 14 coins). The coins are commemorating 14 significant military moments that have shaped Australia over the past 100 years from World War 1 to the modern day. Ten of the 14 coins released in the series are 20 cent coins and four of them are 25 cent coins. They were issued in a collector card.

This 20 Cent coin pays tribute to the 14,000 Australian soldiers who were besieged in Tobruk by Rommel's German-Italian army. The Garrison consisted of the 9th Division, the 18th Brigade, four regiments of British Artillery and some Indian troops. It was vital for the Allies to hold Tobruk and its harbour for the defence of the Suez Canal in Egypt. The Nazi propagandist Lord Haw Haw derided the tenacious defenders as "Rats" - a term that the Australian soldiers embraced as an iconic compliment.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2016  245,800 3.91 Coin Card

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