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Australia Gallipoli Campaign

2014  Fifty Cent reverse 2014  Fifty Cent obverse

2014 Fifty Cent

Size:32mm Weight:15.55g Composition:80% Copper
20% Nickel


Sales History


This 2014 Gallipoli Campaign piece is part of the Australia at War collection. The reverse features a map of Gallipoli with the Silhouette of an Australian soldier in vigil on the hills and forces landing on the beaches below. This legend states "GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN 1915" with the denomination "50". The obverse has the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014".

The Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War is often considered to be the rapturous beginning of the Australian and New Zealand national consciousnesses. It took place on the Gallipoli peninsula which was controlled by the German allied Ottoman Empire. Beginning with landings on the 25th of April 1915 the operation, which included soldiers from the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and British India, attempted to capture Constantinople (Istanbul). The offensive was a catastrophic failure with the allied powers being largely pinned to the Turkish coastline and sustaining exceptionally large casualties. Regardless of the wartime realities the event fostered a national identity for Australia and New Zealand based on hardship and resilience. The 25th of April is today celebrated as ANZAC (Australian New Zealand Army Corps) Day.

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