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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australians at War 17 - Gulf Wars

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 17 - Gulf Wars) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 17 - Gulf Wars) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel (Pad Printed)
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Australia at War - Gulf Wars

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2016
IRB

Designer: 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

Four Australian Soldiers shoulder to shoulder walking down a straight road with weapons ready. Set above a coloured military ribbon.

Lettering:
GULF WARS 1990 - 1991 • 2003 - 2009
50

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australians at War 17 - Gulf Wars) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint issued this NCLT coin in a coincard as a tribute to the armed forces who served in the Gulf Wars of 1990 - 1991 & 2003 - 2009.  Australia was one of a number of nations to act against Iraq following its invasion of Kuwait in 1990. While tensions built throughout the latter part of 1990, the war would take shape as a short-lived offensive in the early part of 1991 with coalition forces overwhelming Iraq’s defences swiftly. This presence remained mostly peaceful until 2003, when escalating tensions over weapons of mass destruction culminated in a second coalition invasion of Iraq, which Australia was involved.

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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2016  14,602 UNC in Coincard

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