Gold Ounce 2020 Beneath the Southern Skies, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2020 Beneath the Southern Skies, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Ounce 2020 Beneath the Southern Skies

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 2020 Beneath the Southern Skies one-ounce gold bullion coin pays homage to Stuart Devlin, who designed many of Australia’s circulating coins, as well as coins for other countries; his definitive designs for Australian decimal coinage were created in 1966 and are still used today. One of Devlin’s early drafts featuring the Australian continent alongside the iconic Southern Cross has been retrieved from the Royal Australian Mint’s archives and re-imagined for this new series.

Unseen in the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Cross constellation has guided travellers and explorers, inspired poets and musicians. It has been a symbol of loyalty and rebellion and remains one of the most meaningful and recognisable features in the southern skies.

The coins are issued in Brilliant Uncirculated grade and are packaged in individual capsules.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2020 Beneath the Southern Skies - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 includes the Queen's shoulders. On regular circulating coins it extends almost to the rim of the coin. Consequently, on them the legend does not run continuously around the rim. On commemorative coins the effigy is smaller and the value and denomination are below.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are incuse in tiny letters in the left field of the effigy (on the Queen's right shoulder, near the rim).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020.

The effigy is relatively small as compared with that on normal coinage. Behind the effigy, an ornamental pattern representing the equator, latitude lines and longitude lines.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Reverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2020 Beneath the Southern Skies - reverse photo

The reverse design a stylised map of Australia containing a textured pattern with, superimposed on a part of the map, the silhouette of a kangaroo.

In the foreground, partially obscuring the map of Australia, is a stylised representation of the Southern Cross constellation and straight lines positioned in an irregular pattern.

In the background is the equator, latitude lines, longitude lines and an ornamental pattern.

Superimposed on the design, the face value 100 DOLLARS. Around below, the precious metal content: 1 oz .9999 GOLD (one ounce of 99.99% gold).

Reverse Inscription 1 DOLLAR 1 oz .9999 GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin design was approved by the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance 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.

All (22) coins of type: Gold Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Ounce 2016 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2017 Australian Koala 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2017 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2018 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2019 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2019 Bottlenose Dolphin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2019 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2019 Batavia Shipwreck unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2019 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2020 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat (Fourth Portrait) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat, Domed unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Beneath the Southern Skies unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Gold Ounce 2020 Brandenburg Gate Kookaburra unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Gold Ounce 2020 Sumatran Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Redback Spider unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Spinner Dolphin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2020 Vergulde Draeck Shipwreck unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2020 Zuytdorp Shipwreck unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Domed 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox (RAM) 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Great White Shark unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2021 Zeewijk Shipwreck unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
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Gold Ounce 2020 Beneath the Southern Skies: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.740 mm
Thickness2.700 mm
Mass31.103 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-PZQB-ENZB
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