|Coin||Gold Half Ounce 2023 Australian Kangaroo|
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 coin is part of the long-running Australian Kangaroo bullion coin series by the Perth Mint.
The Mint says about it:
With a tradition dating back to the 1980s, the Australian Kangaroo is a trusted bullion coin series featuring imagery of the iconic animal that takes its name from the Guugu Yimithirr word "gangurru". First Nations people have a relationship with the kangaroo dating back tens of thousands of years. Today, it is recognised internationally as Australia’s definitive animal emblem.
||Mint Mark||Letter P
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 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·.
The legend is interrupted by the "memorial" inclusion of the dates of the Queen's reign, 1952 - 2022.
The coin’s reverse portrays a kangaroo looking over its shoulder with a eucalyptus tree and grass trees in the background.
Below left, the Perth Mint's mint mark P. On the ground below left, the designer's initials IJ, for Ing Ing Jong.
Around above left, the date of issue and the precious metal content: 2023 1/2oz 9999 GOLD (one half of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold). Around above right, the inscription KANGAROO.
||2023 1/2oz 9999 GOLD KANGAROO
Gold content (Troy oz): 0.500
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in acrylic capsule, mint roll of 20 or box of 100 coins.
Perth Mint SKU: 23014EAAX.
Date of issue: 23 January 2023.
Issue price: AU$ 1,498.69.
Even though they were issued during the reign of King Charles III, all coins from the 2023 Australian Kangaroo Bullion Coin Series portray the official "Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse", featuring her Jody Clark effigy (in its uncouped version used in Australia) supplemented with the dates of Her Majesty’s reign - "1952 - 2022".