The commemorations of the First World War have continued through this year and will do so through 2018 as well and there have been numerous coin issues emanating from the worlds major mints. The Antipodean mints in particular have been remembering the efforts of the ANZAC forces, particularly related to the infamous Gallipoli operation against the Ottoman Empire. There were multiple campaigns by the British aganst the Turks that were far more successful and the Battle of Beersheba is a stirring one.
Much like the famed Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War, the Battle of Beersheba is known in Australia for a mounted charge, this time by the Australian 4th Light Infantry and that is exactly the event chosen by the Royal Australian Mint to adorn its latest silver release. Depicting three riders in formation charging with bayonets in hand, it’s certainly an action-packed piece of design. The title, denomination and composition are inscribed here – we’d like to see one of the latter two moved to the obverse face as it’s a little crowded down there.
The obverse features the inscribed issuer and date surrounding the usual Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Struck in an ounce of fine (0.999) silver, the coin comes with a certificate of authenticity and in one of the neat RAM coin boxes, all of which is packaged inside a good-looking themed shipper. The mintage is set at 5,000 pieces and the coin has a recommended price of $100.00 AUD. Available to buy now.