Elizabeth II (1952-date)
0.25 AUD = 0.19 USD
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ANZAC to Afghanistan Series - Peace
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Depiction of the "Dancing Man" on a Sydney street celebrating the end of WW2
© 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 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 celebrates "Peace" at the end of WW2. Three months after the death of Adolf Hitler and the collapse of Nazi Germany in May 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allies and the second World war finally came to an end. When Japan announced its surrender on August 15, 1945, spontaneous rejoicing broke out with wild scenes of celebration in cities across Australia, the mood of which is captured by the dancing man, who to this day remains unknown but was captured on a newsreel of the day. By then nearly a million Australians had served during WW2, 39,600 had died, 23,500 had been wounded and more than 28,000 had been taken prisoner.
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