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25 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Long Tan

25 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Long Tan) -  obverse25 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Long Tan) -  reverse

Obverse © Mike Bentley - Reverse © mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 25 Cents
0.25 AUD = 0.18 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 12 g
Diameter 32 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

ANZAC to Afghanistan Series - Long Tan

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

Australian soldier crouching down in Vietnam jungle holding a rifle

Lettering:
25
BATTLE OF
LONG TAN

Edge

Reeded

25 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Long Tan) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

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 NCLT 25 Cent coin Is one of the first "Quarters" ever issued by the RAM. Although not meant for circulation it is legal tender. This particular coin commemorates the Battle of Long Tan in the Vietnam War. On August the 17th, 1966, the Australian Base at Nui at was hit by mortar and rifle fire. The enemy firing positions were located and the following day D Company 6RAR began the search for the enemy in the Long Tan area. The Australians engaged the enemy in a fierce battle. The larger enemy forces tried several times to overrun the Australians but they held their ground. Eventually with artillery support, a re-supply of ammunition and support from armoured personnel carriers with re-inforcements the enemy were forced to withdraw.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2016  271,200 3.73 Unc in Coincard

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