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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Fromelles

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Fromelles) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Fromelles) -  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

WW1 The Western Front - Battle of Fromelles

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

Depiction of a number of Australian Soldiers sitting in a trench on the Western Front at Fromelles in France

Lettering:
FROMELLES
50
1916
EL

Edge

12 sided smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Fromelles) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

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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