Elizabeth II (1952-date)
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WW1 The Western Front - Battle of Fromelles
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Depiction of a number of Australian Soldiers sitting in a trench on the Western Front at Fromelles in France
12 sided smooth
© Mike Bentley
The Royal Australian Mint is producing a series of NCLT 50 cent coins to commemorate the battles of the Western Front that Australian soldiers took a major part in during WW1. They were released on a coin card.
This coin relates to the actions of the 5th Division of the AIF who had been in France just two weeks when it was committed to Australia's first major action on the Western Front. Fighting alongside British troops near the village of Fromelles on 19 July 1916, its objective was to capture and hold a line of German trenches in an effort to prevent the enemy from sending reinforcements to the Somme. The action was both costly and unsuccessful, and resulted in more than 5,500 Australian casualties in just a few hours.
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