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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australians at War 18 - Afghanistan

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 18 - Afghanistan) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 18 - Afghanistan) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 50 Cents
0.5 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

Australia at War

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 in full combat gear sitting next to an Afgan man. In the middle distance three Camels and three Soldiers on Patrol. In the far distance Afghani Mountains. All surrounded by a brick arch.

Lettering:
50
AFGHANISTAN

Engraver: Bronwyn King

Bronwyn King is a coin designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 18 - Afghanistan) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint issued this NCLT coin in a coincard as a tribute to the armed forces who served in Afghanistan. Terrorist attacks on the US in September 2001 prompted the United States of America to declare a ‘war on terror’. Citing the ANZUS treaty Australia moved quickly to support the multi-national effort and joined ‘the coalition of the willing’. Al Qaeda, the group responsible for the acts of terrorism in 2001, was protected by the Taliban and was using Afghanistan as a training base.

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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