|Coin||Gold Half Gram 2020 End of WWII|
The Australian gold half gram coin is a mini-coin format occasionally used to complement issues in larger sizes. Uniquely, in Australia there are two mints authorised to strike legal tender: the Royal Australian Mint (which also makes the country's circulating coinage) and the Perth Mint which only makes collector and bullion coins, as well as other bullion products.
Both mints endeavour to create coins with attractive designs, and have long-running bullion series of coins with different themes. As part of these, they sometimes issue a mini-version of the theme's annual design.
This mini-coin is part of a Perth Mint series commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War Two (WWII).
The Mint says about it:
WWII was an international struggle that ended in 1945 following years of devastating battle and the deaths of an estimated 60 to 80 million soldiers and civilians. Seventy-five years on, the world stands ready to reflect upon the events of the War and acknowledge the enormity of the sacrifice and suffering it caused.
||Mint Mark||Letter P
The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide but "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, where the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald was fifth).
The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen mother) in 1937.
Unlike on British coinage, the effigy is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders). In small letters on the left, the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark).
Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 GRAM 9999 Au 2020 2 DOLLARS.
The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/2 GRAM 9999 Au" means "half gram of 99.99% gold" - Au is abbreviated from the Latin word for gold, Aurum.
At its centre, the coin’s reverse features an olive branch, the symbol of peace, and the anniversary dates 1945 and 2020 on the left.
The Perth Mint's traditional P mint mark is below.
Around above, the inscription END OF WORLD WAR II; around below, 75th ANNIVERSARY.
||END OF WORLD WAR II 75th ANNIVERSARY
Gold content (Troy oz): 0.016
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in a protective acrylic capsule and illustrated wallet-sized card.
Perth Mint Item ID: 20H50FAD
Issue price: AU$ 85.00, US$ 60.87
Coins issued to mark the 75th Anniversary of World War Two by the Perth Mint include:
- 2 oz Gold, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- 1/2 g Gold, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- 2 oz Silver Antiqued, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- 1/10 oz Silver, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- $1 Aluminium Bronze, Victory in the Pacific, 2020