This gold proof coin commemorates the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Made up of the 4th, 11th and 12th Light Horse Regiments, the brigade served with distinction on Gallipoli and in Sinai-Palestine during the First World War.
The 4th Light Horse Brigade was formed in March 1915 and served on Gallipoli as dismounted infantry. Their most significant action, however, took place on 31 October 1917 when they participated in a cavalry charge near the town of Beersheba in Palestine, in an effort to route the enemy’s Gaza-Beersheba defences. This action was recognised as one of the most famous mounted actions of the Great War.
Proof Quality 99.99% Pure Gold
The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality.
Historic First World War Design
The coin’s reverse depicts a member of the 4th Light Horse Brigade with his horse. The design includes a red poppy, the inscription THOSE MARVELLOUS HORSES 1917, as well as The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year-date, and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,000 of The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series –Beersheba 2017 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin.
Anzac Themed Presentation Packaging and Numbered Certificate
Each coin is presented in a themed presentation case with the words ‘Pride’, ‘Respect’, and ‘Gratitude’ inscribed on the outside of the case, within an illustrated shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Capturing Beersheba was vital to the allies as the troops and their horses were in desperate need of water and the only wells for miles around were in Beersheba. If they were unsuccessful in their attack, some 50,000 to 60,000 allied troops would be destined to fail, the Sinai–Palestine campaign would stall, and the Gaza–Beersheba line would remain unbroken.
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