The vast majority of mints around the globe often strike coins with inspirational designs honoring a nation's past and celebrating previous coin designs.
During World War II, Australian and American forces came together to defeat the widespread threat of the Japanese Imperial Navy and Army. Throughout much of the 1930s, the Japanese had expanded out from their home islands in a war that went largely unnoticed or at least drew no reaction from most world powers.
Once the Japanese attacked the American Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, a sleeping giant was awakened. The United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Army began a long-term island-hopping campaign that swept across the Pacific Ocean toward the home islands of Japan.
Lasting from 1941 until August 1945, the Americans combined with the Australians along the way to lead the Pacific Ocean region to freedom and safety, pushing the Japanese back and securing victory for the Allies.
On the obverse, you'll find the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her image in this coin was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley and represents the fourth-generation portrait of Her Majesty to grace British and commonwealth coinage since 1952.