Gold Ounce 2019 Batavia Shipwreck, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2019 Batavia Shipwreck, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Ounce 2019 Batavia Shipwreck

The Australian one-ounce gold piece (abbreviated as 1 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.

The 2019 Batavia triangular one-ounce gold coin is the first release in the Australian Shipwreck series; the coins were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated grade.

The ill-fated Batavia, one of Australia’s oldest shipwrecks, is depicted on these magnificent gold and silver triangular investment coins as the first in the series of four. The design depicts the harrowing story of the Batavia’s wreck and the events that followed. The exquisite design of the reverse conveys two scenes to communicate the journey of the Batavia. With the image of the ship viewed upright, the Batavia is shown setting sail in its full glory. Flipping the coin to view the text of "1629" and "Batavia" upright depicts the ship in its final state capsized shortly after wrecking in 1629. The border encompassing the main design also incorporates unique design elements from the Batavia. The obverse design depicts the fighting between the survivors as a result of the mutiny and the Batavia before its ultimate demise.

In June 1629, the Dutch East India Company’s (VOC) vessel, Batavia, was sailing from the Netherlands to Batavia (Jakarta), when it struck a reef off the coast of Western Australia and was wrecked. Most survivors were able to swim to nearby Beacon Island, and the ship’s Commander Francisco Pelsaert took 47 crew and a longboat on a gruelling journey to Batavia to seek help.

Unknown to Pelseart, the Batavia had been threatened with a mutinous plot led by Undermerchant Jeronimus Cornelisz. Assuming leadership, Cornelisz and his supporters set about eliminating any opposition by murdering the survivors. A total of 125 men, women and children were killed. On Pelsaert’s return the mutineers were arrested: seven were hanged and two marooned on the mainland, making them Australia’s first recorded European settlers.

The wreck of the Batavia was discovered in 1963 and sections of its hull and other artefacts are on display at the Western Australian Maritime Museum. The Batavia, Australia’s second-oldest shipwreck, is an unparalleled tale of the darkest side of human nature.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2019 Batavia Shipwreck - 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, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2019 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS.

The effigy and legend of the monarch are in a small circle above, with the face value in a cartouche below, near the base of the triangle.

The background image, which takes most of the surface of the obverse, depicts the ship partially submerged in the ocean. At the edge of the water, a man holding a sword is engaged in battle with a man holding a spear; in the foreground a man with a musket is fighting another man holding a spear, while on the right a woman holding a baby watches the fight.

The rim is plain; there is a plain border surrounding the design.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2019 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2019 Batavia Shipwreck - reverse photo

At centre, the Batavia ship in full sail. The ornamentation around, with cupids above and drapery to the left and right, is decayed. The frame below represents a wooden structure, in front of which four male figures, all armed. Centrally below, the logo of the VOC company.

The inscriptions are upside down, each in a separate rectangular area; when the coin is inverted, these read: 1629, 1 oz .9999 Au (one ounce of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from the Latin Aurum), and BATAVIA.

The face value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 1629 1 oz .9999 Au BATAVIA
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin design was approved by the Assistant Treasurer in Currency (Royal Australian Mint) Determination (No. 2) 2019 on 26 March 2019.

See also

There is also a silver one-ounce coin with the same reverse design.

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Gold Ounce 2019 Batavia Shipwreck: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit250
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerAdam Ball
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeTriangle
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.900 mm
Thickness3.200 mm
Mass31.103 g
OCC IDAPVZ-EYRC-GRPM-OLMD
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