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20 Cents - Elizabeth II Special Forces

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (Special Forces) -  obverse20 Cents - Elizabeth II (Special Forces) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 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 - Special Forces

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

Two Special Forces soldiers walking uphill

Lettering:
20
SPECIAL
FORCES

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 NCLT 20 cent coin pays tribute to Australia's Special Forces units. The Australian Defence Force has a number of Special Forces and Special Operations Units since their inception in WW2. Commando Units are trained as elite light infantry for quick raids on high-value targets. Reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering units, including M & Z Special Units and the coveted Special Air Services Regiment, have conducted clandestine patrols deep into enemy territory. These units have also recently  carried out a domestic counter-terrorism role. Recent counter-insurgency operations have been conducted in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province. Three members of this operation have been awarded the Victoria Cross for outstanding valour and bravery under enemy fire.

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2016  248,300 3.93 Coin Card

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