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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australians at War 14 - Malayan Emergency

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 14 - Malayan Emergency) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 14 - Malayan Emergency) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Australians at War - Malayan Emergency

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

Divided by a bamboo shoot on the left is an RAAF Bomber, on the right are three enemy soldiers in the jungle

Lettering:
50
MALAYAN EMERGENCY

Engraver: Stevan Stojanovic

Stevan Stojanovic is sculptor and coin designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 14 - Malayan Emergency) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint issued this NCLT coin as a tribute to Australian armed forces who served in the Malayan Emergency between 1948 to 1960. As Australian troops were committed to the Korean War, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft were sent to assist British forces in Malaya to help suppress a communist insurgency there through aerial bombing and leaflet dropping.

This coin is part of the "Australians at War" 18 coin series being issued individually.  Six coins were issued in 2014, Six in 2015 and the final Six in 2016.
  

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