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1995 Weary Dunlop 50 cents UNC

End of World War II

Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop became known as a great compassionate Australian because of his tireless support to Australian Prisoners of War during World War Two.
Edward Dunlop grew up on family farms in Victoria and on leaving school commenced work at a local pharmacy. After some time he moved to the big city of Melbourne in 1927 where he began studying medicine at Melbourne University and on graduating took up a role as a ship’s surgeon and sailed off to London. At the outbreak of the War, Weary enlisted in the Australian Army in 1939 and landed in Java in 1942. As the Japanese attacked the Islands Dunlop was used to treat the many casualties but soon after the invasion Weary and his fellow troops were captured and transported to Burma and then on to Thailand where the Japanese used the prisoner to construct the infamous Burma rail of over 400 kilometres in length.
His war diaries record the harrowing years in which he was a medical officer in prison camps and on the Burma-Thailand railway. As the Force Commander, Weary Dunlop had the unenviable job of deciding on those who were capable of working whilst at the same time was required to treat those who were unable to work so that they could be returned to the work force at the earliest time as demanded by their captors.
On the completion of the War Edward Dunlop continued his work as a surgeon both within Australia and in Asia. Weary Dunlop was knighted in 1969 in recognition of his services to medicine.
This great Australian who touched and saved the lives of many passed away in 1993 at the age of 85 years at which time his State funeral was attended by tens of thousands of people.

The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
A total of 93,915 packs consisting of a specimen quality 1994 Weary Dunlop 50 cent coin and a 45 cent Weary Dunlop Postage Stamp were jointly issued by Australia Post and the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra on 20th April 1995.

The pair are housed in a First Day Cover envelope which gives the 50 cent coin the illusion of being a war medal. The postage stamp has been affixed over a ribbon with the words EX PRISONERS OF WAR ASSN. and has been cancelled with a specially worded ink mark which reads 'First day of issue 20 April 1995 St. Kilda Road Victoria 3004'

Nominal Specifications

Denomination: 50 cents
Metal: Cupro-nickel
Mass: 15.55.0 grams
Diameter: 31.50 mm
Reverse: Horst Hahne
Obverse: Raphael Maklouf