2016 50c Unc Coins -The Western Front 1916–2016- The Battle of Pozières & The Battle of Fromelles - Set of 2
THIS SET INCLUDES:
1 x 2016 50c Uncirculated Coin - The Battle of Pozières The Western Front 1916–2016
1 x 2016 50c Uncirculated Coin - The Battle of Fromelles The Western Front 1916–2016
2016 50c Uncirculated Coin - The Battle of Pozières The Western Front 1916–2016
Inspired by the tumultuous battlefields during the capture of Pozières, this intricate design commemorates the war on the Western Front 100 years on. This coin commemorates the efforts of our soldiers, and celebrates the lives of those that were lost, sure to appeal to military historians, coin collectors and those whose families served in conflict.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
Australia’s main contribution to the battle of the Somme in mid-1916 was the capture of Pozières, a small village that commanded the high ground towards Thiepval. After falling to the Australians on 23 July, Pozières was reduced to rubble by a concentrated German bombardment as the fighting continued throughout August at nearby Mouquet Farm. In just six weeks the Australians had suffered a staggering 26 000 casualties. Charles Bean, the Australian official historian, described Pozières as being “more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other spot on earth”.
The Australian Imperial Force suffered the loss of more than 45 000 soldiers in the campaigns in France and Belgium, while fighting some of the bravest battles in our history. Follow the trail of remembrance throughout 2016–2018 as the Royal Australian Mint produces a series of coins related to the battles of the Western Front.
2016 50c Uncirculated Coin - The Battle of Fromelles The Western Front 1916–2016
From the trenches of Fromelles, this coin design commemorates the efforts of our soldiers who fought, and celebrates the lives of those who were lost at Fromelles. One hundred years on from the stark events written in our history, this commemorative coin will be cherished by military historians, coin collectors and those whose families served in conflict.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
The 5th Division 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 5500 Australian casualties in just a few hours. Private Walter Downing recalled seeing hundreds of men “mown down in the flicker of an eyelid, like great rows of teeth knocked from a comb”. After Gallipoli, Australia’s commitment to the Great War shifted to the battlefields of France and Belgium. Follow the trail of remembrance throughout 2016–2018 as the Royal Australian Mint produces a series of coins related to the battles of the Western Front.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• Coin’s reverse was skilfully composed from a variety of historic photographs taken during the time of conflict
• Packaged in a presentation card featuring specific subject matter imagery
• Part of the 2016–2018 commemorations for the battles fought on the Western Front
• A continuation of the Royal Australian Mint’s Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program
• Finished to the Royal Australian Mint high uncirculated quality standard
• Low uncirculated product mintage of only 15 000 each
• Obverse features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley
• Australian legal tender
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