2015 50c Australia at War Crete CU-Ni Uncirculated

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2015 50c Australia at War Crete CU-Ni Uncirculated

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Distinguished by a detailed reverse motif portraying the German paratroopers and the Allied defenders of the island, the 2015 50c Crete Cu-Ni Unc forms an important tribute to Australia's role in this famous battle. Sure to catch the eye of those interested in Australia's military history, this official coin is also a must-have for collectors. A unique, one-year-only type that will not be issued for circulation, this Australian legal tender release is essential for those seeking to maintain a complete collection.

  • Unique, one-year-only not-issued-for-circulation type
  • Strictly limited edition ' mintage set at 50,000 coins
  • An Australian legal tender issue ' measures 31.51mm
  • Set upon an official Royal Australian Mint card
  • Available at the RAM's affordable Official Issue Price

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An official issue of the Australia at War Series from the Royal Australian Mint, the 2015 50c Crete Cu-Ni Unc honours the valiant efforts of the Allies to hold Crete during the early days of the Second World War.

The battle began on 20 May 1941, when Germany launched a largely airborne invasion of the island ' at that point, the largest of its kind in the history of warfare. The Allies initially held firm, and inflicted significant losses upon the invaders. Germany's capture of Crete's Maleme airfield was decisive, however, as they were able to fly in reinforcements and overwhelm the Allied defenders. Both sides suffered significant casualties, with the number of German paratroopers killed leading Adolf Hitler to ban further large-scale airborne missions.
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Country of IssueAustralia
Year of Issue2015
Weight (g)15.5500
Mintage 50,000
MetalCopper Nickel
Diameter (mm)31.50
Issued ByRoyal Australian Mint
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