Five Dollars 2017 Front Line Angels, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Five Dollars 2017 Front Line Angels, Coin from Australia
CoinFive Dollars 2017 Front Line Angels

The five dollar denomination of the Australian dollar (written as $5) is served by a banknote for normal daily transactions.

From time to time, the Royal Australian Mint also issues $5 coins for collectors (Non-Circulating Legal Tender, or NCLT). Some special coins, such as this one, are made with a triangular shape.

This commemorative $5 coin is the fourth triangular issue in the Royal Australian Mint's ANZAC Centenary Coin Program and is dedicated to the "Front Line Angels" - the nurses that took part in the war.

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was a First World War army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. It was formed in Egypt in December 1914, and operated during the Gallipoli campaign. General William Birdwood commanded the corps, which primarily consisted of troops from the First Australian Imperial Force and 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force, although there were also British and Indian units attached at times throughout the campaign. The corps disbanded in 1916, following the Allied evacuation of the Gallipoli peninsula and the formation of I ANZAC Corps and II ANZAC Corps.

The Mint says about the coin:
"The contribution and efforts of nurses are being recognised through the Royal Australian Mint’s (the Mint’s) special release of a triangular commemorative collectible silver coin ahead of tomorrow’s International Nurses Day. Featuring the spectacular stained glass artwork created by Napier Waller at the Australian War Memorial, this triangular coin reflects on the tireless devotion of service nurses.

While this coin is particularly focused on the critical role nurses have played in Australian military history, the Mint is taking the opportunity to spread the awareness of the contribution all nurses make to our lives and society.As we continue to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary we thought it important to look beyond the battlefields and recognise those that played an important role in caring for the sick and wounded during those times.

This coin release also allows us to share a broader message at this time of International Nurses Day to remind everyone of the work that nurses do all around the world with such courage and dedication.”

The coins were released in frosted Proof FDC grade, in special gift packaging with a Certificate of Authenticity. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

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Australia / Five Dollars 2017 Front Line Angels - obverse photo

The obverse shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Australia / Five Dollars 2017 Front Line Angels - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin shows the portrait of a nurse, in colour, from the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial.

On a ribbon below, the inscription DEVOTION. Below the ribbon, barren land with three crosses on the left and the setting sun on the right; superimposed at centre, a red poppy flower; to the right, the silhouette of a soldier standing in front of the setting sun, facing left and holding his rifle in a pose of mourning.

The designer's initials AS (for Aleksandra Stokic) are below right.

The value and denomination 5 DOLLARS are below.

Reverse Inscription 5 DOLLARS DEVOTION
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

The coin designs were approved by the Minister for Small Business in Currency (Royal Australian Mint) Determination (No. 1) 2017 on 8 February 2017 and released on 11 May 2017.

See also

Coins issued under the ANZAC Centenary Coin Program include:
- $5 Lest We Forget (Triangular), 2014
- $5 ANZAC Day Centenary (Triangular), 2015
- $5 Remember the Fallen (Triangular, Coloured), 2016
- $5 Front Line Angels (Triangular, Coloured), 2017
- $5 Sea, Land and Air (Triangular, Coloured), 2018

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Five Dollars 2017 Front Line Angels: Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFive Dollars, Triangular
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Mintage Limit10,000
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAleksandra Stokic
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.9200 mm
Thickness2.800 mm
Mass22.2300 g
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Five Dollars 2017 Front Line Angels: Photos
Five Dollars 2017 Front Line Angels: Photo $5 Front Line Angels 2017 / thumbnail $5 Front Line Angels 2017
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Five Dollars 2017 Front Line Angels: Photo $5 Front Line Angels 2017 / thumbnail $5 Front Line Angels 2017
Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
Five Dollars 2017 Front Line Angels: Photo $5 Front Line Angels 2017 / thumbnail $5 Front Line Angels 2017
Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
Notes: Packaging.