Gold Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, RAM, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, RAM, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, RAM

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 half-ounce gold coin with a face value of $50 was issued as part of the Lunar Series of coins to mark the Chinese Year of the Ox (12 February 2021 - 31 January 2022).

The Mint says:
"2021 marks the Lunar Year of the Ox and to celebrate, the Royal Australian Mint proudly presents the second Lunar Investment coin series. These coins are presented with a brilliant uncirculated finish and feature a bold bull, representing the hard working and honest characteristics of those born in the Year of the Ox."

The coins were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 10749.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Obverse
Australia / Gold Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, RAM - obverse photo

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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 2021 · 50 DOLLARS ·.

The effigy, legend and face value are in a small circle, surrounded by a decorative border.

Around the rim outside that circle, the twelve animals of the Lunar Calendar walking counter-clockwise: rat, pig, dog, rooster, monkey, goat, horse, snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger and an ox; the ox is on top.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 50 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, RAM - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at its centre an ox, with willow branches above enclosing a crescent-shaped clear space with the inscriptions.

Above right, the Chinese character for "ox" (pronounced niú under the Pinyin system) and, on four lines, the inscription YEAR OF THE OX.

Below that, the precious metal content: 1/2 oz .9999 Au (one half of an ounce of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from the Latin "Aurum" and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

The designer's initials BK (for Bronwyn King) are to the right.

The face value and the date of issue are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 牛 YEAR OF THE OX 1/2 oz .9999 Au
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin designs were approved by the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2020 Royal Australian Mint No. 2) Determination 2020 on 20 May 2020.

See also

Year of the Ox 2021 coins issued by RAM include:
- Gold Five Ounces, Year of the Ox 2021
- Gold Ounce, Domed, Year of the Ox 2021
- Gold Ounce, Year of the Ox 2021
- Gold Half Ounce, Year of the Ox 2021
- Gold Quarter Ounce, Year of the Ox 2021
- Silver Kilo ($30), Year of the Ox 2021
- Silver Ounce ($5), Domed, Year of the Ox 2021
- Silver Ounce ($1), Year of the Ox 2021
- Silver Half Ounce, Rectangular Ingot, Year of the Ox 2021
- $1, Aluminium Bronze, Year of the Ox 2021
- $1, Aluminium Bronze, Good Luck 2021
- 50 Cents, Copper-Nickel, Year of the Ox 2021

All (35) coins of type: Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Half Ounce 1986 Australian Nugget - Hand of Faith 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 1987 Australian Nugget - Hand of Faith 105,530 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 1987 Australian Nugget - Bobby Dazzler 12,226 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 1988 Australian Nugget - Hand of Faith 76,413 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 1988 Australian Nugget - Welcome 8,720 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 1989 Australian Nugget - Hand of Faith 89,104 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 1989 Australian Nugget - Red Kangaroo 6,246 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 1990 Australian Nugget - Red Kangaroo 64,471 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 1990 Australian Nugget - Grey Kangaroo 2,248 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 1991 Australian Nugget - Grey Kangaroo 56,809 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
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 Australian Nugget - Hand of Faith 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
Gold Half Ounce 2023 Australian Kangaroo 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold Half Ounce 2024 Australian Kangaroo 100,000 King Charles III - Portrait by Dan Thorne CHARLES III AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
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Gold Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, RAM: 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 Mintage5,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerBronwyn King
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size30.0000 mm
Thickness2.5000 mm
Mass15.5530 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-JMPB-OXGL
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Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
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