Gold Half Ounce 2021 Hand of Faith Nugget, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2021 Hand of Faith Nugget, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Half Ounce 2021 Hand of Faith Nugget

The Australian half-ounce gold piece (abbreviated as 1/2 oz and designated with Au for "gold") is a bullion coin format. 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 to introduce new designs and themes often, in order to raise the numismatic value of the coins over the value of previous metal used.

This gold proof coin is part of a four-coin mini series which marks the 35th anniversary of the first Australian Nugget gold coins, and features the Hand of Faith natural gold nugget.

The Hand of Faith is a nugget of fine-quality gold which was found by metal detectorist near Kingower, Victoria, Australia on 26 September 1980. Weighing 875 troy ounces (27.21 kg, or 72 troy pounds and 11 troy ounces), the gold nugget was only 12 inches below the surface, resting in a vertical position. The nugget was the second largest nugget found in Australia during the 20th century; there were numerous nuggets found during the Victorian gold rush era, commencing in the 1850s, that were far larger. It was sold to the Golden Nugget Casino Chain for over a million dollars. The Hand of Faith is currently on public display at Golden Nugget Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Replicas of the nugget are on display at a number of other Golden Nugget casinos.

The reverses of the coins in the series are based on a 1986 four-coin set issued by the Perth Mint, the coins in which were designed by Stuart Devlin.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage100
Obverse
Australia / Gold Half Ounce 2021 Hand of Faith Nugget - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown and the Victoria Coronation necklace worn for her Coronation. This is her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide and "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, in "uncouped" version - showing the Queen's shoulders and not terminating at the neck as the normal version.

On the left, in small letters on the Queen's shoulder, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Half Ounce 2021 Hand of Faith Nugget - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin portrays the Hand of Faith Nugget on a background of radial lines. In tiny letters in the lowest part of the nugget, the initials of the designer of the original coin series: SD (for Stuart Devlin). The background of the central circle is selectively plated with 22-carat rose gold.

In the central circle below, the name of the nugget and the year of its discovery: HAND OF FAITH 1980. Above, the numeral 35, marking 35 years since the first edition of the "gold nugget" series.

Around left, the name of the series: THE AUSTRALIAN NUGGET. Around right, the precious metal content, 1/2 OZ. FINE GOLD (one half of a troy ounce of gold). Around below, the date of issue · 2021 ·.

The P mint mark of the Pert Mint is in the lower part of the central circle, above the date..

Reverse Inscription THE AUSTRALIAN NUGGET 1/2 OZ. FINE GOLD · 2021 · 35 HAND OF FAITH 1980
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Gold content (troy oz): 0.500.
Finish: proof, selective 22-carat rose gold gilding.

Issued in Set
Australian Nugget 35th Anniversary Gold Proof Coin Set, mintage 100, limited to 100
4 coins: 1 oz Gold - Welcome Stranger Nugget, 1/2 oz Gold - Hand of Faith Nugget, 1/4 oz Gold - Golden Eagle Nugget, 1/10 oz Gold - Little Hero Nugget
See also

Coins in the Australian Nugget Series include (ordered by year / metal / weight):
- 1 oz Gold, Welcome Stranger Nugget, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Welcome Stranger Nugget, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Hand of Faith Nugget, 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Golden Eagle Nugget, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Hand of Faith Nugget, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Golden Eagle Nugget, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Golden Eagle Nugget, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Welcome Stranger Nugget, 2022
- 1/2 oz Gold, Hand of Faith Nugget, 2022
- 1/4 oz Gold, Golden Eagle Nugget, 2022
- 1/10 oz Gold, Little Hero Nugget, 2022

All (23) coins of type: Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Red Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Whale Shark unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Green and Gold Bell Frog unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Goanna unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Kookaburra unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 GOLD 2017 50 DOLLARS
Gold Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster, RAM unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2017 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Kangaroo, RAM unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 GOLD 2019 50 DOLLARS
Gold Half Ounce 2019 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2019 Kangaroo, RAM unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2020 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Au 50 DOLLARS
Gold Half Ounce 2021 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2021 Hand of Faith Nugget 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Perth Mint unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Au 50 DOLLARS
Gold Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, RAM 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2022 Australian Kangaroo 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Au 50 DOLLARS
Gold Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Au 50 DOLLARS
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Gold Half Ounce 2021 Hand of Faith Nugget: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage100
Mintage Limit100
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.600 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass15.553 g
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-XGMD-OYJD
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