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20 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Darwin Bombing

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Darwin Bombing) -  obverse20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Darwin Bombing) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.13 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
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 - Darwin Bombing

Obverse

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

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

Two Japanese Zero fighter-bomber planes flying over a representation of Northern Australia with a bomb exploding at the position of Darwin

Lettering:
20
DARWIN BOMBING

Edge

Reeded

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Darwin Bombing) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint in conjunction with some Australian Newspapers released this coin in a coincard as part of a 14 coin set. The first coin came with a large folding album. The series is 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 Australia's first 25 cent coins.

This 20 Cent coin remembers the attack on Darwin on 19th of February 1942 by 242 Japanese bombers, dive bombers and fighter planes. This caused widespread destruction and the deaths of 243 people and wounded more than 300 others. Many people fearing invasion headed south. Between February and November 1942 Darwin was bombed 64 times. Other towns in Northern Australia including Broome, Wyndham, Port Headland and Townsville were also bombed in this period.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2016  245,800 3.84 UNC in Coincard

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