Elizabeth II (1952-date)
0.20 AUD = 0.15 USD
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ANZAC to Afghanistan Series - Special Forces
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Two Special Forces soldiers walking uphill
© Mike Bentley
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 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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