2015 50c Unc Coins - Tobruk, Empire Air Training Scheme and War in the Pacific

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2015 50c CuNi Unc Coins - Australia at War - 3 Coins - Tobruk, Empire Air Training Scheme and War in the Pacific

Including: Tobruk, Empire Air Training Scheme and War in the Pacific.

2015 50c Uncirculated Coin - Australia at War -Tobruk

In 1941, Australian and Allied forces sought to defend Egypt and the Suez Canal from the German and Italian Axis forces. To achieve this, it was vital that the Allies hold the fortified port of Tobruk on the Libyan coast. Not only would this delay the Axis’ advance, but would also force their troops to carry the many supplies overland across 1500 kilometres of desert.

2015 50c Uncirculated Coin - Australia at War - Empire Air Training Scheme

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Britain did not have the manpower to maintain the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the impending war in Europe. A plan was subsequently put forward to form a pool of trained aircrew from all corners of the Commonwealth. Over 37,000 Australian airmen trained in air schools all across the British Empire. Many went on to serve alongside British, Canadian, New Zealand, Rhodesian, and South African aircrews in the RAF’s air war over Europe.

2015 50c Uncirculated Coin - Australia at War - War in the Pacific

The war came to Australia in 1942 when Japanese forces in the Pacific overran British and Commonwealth forces in Malaya and Singapore
and invaded New Guinea. Darwin and Northern Australia were repeatedly bombed while Sydney and Newcastle were also attacked.

FEATURES AND DESIGN
• Uncirculated finish
• Part of the Australia at War series, to feature 18 coins which will reflect the nation’s pride in these brave servicemen and women
• Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley

(1700)

Denomination 50c
Metal Cu Ni
Mass 15.55g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Finish Uncirculated
Mintage 50 000 each
   
SKU 1700
Brand Royal Australian Mint

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