Gold Ounce 2020 Spinner Dolphin, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2020 Spinner Dolphin, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Ounce 2020 Spinner Dolphin

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 Spinner Dolphin one-ounce gold bullion coin is the second dolphin-themed coin by the Royal Australian Mint after the Bottlenose Dolphin issue of 2019.

The spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) is a small dolphin found in off-shore tropical waters around the world. It is famous for its acrobatic displays in which it spins along its longitudinal axis as it leaps through the air. It is a member of the family Delphinidae of toothed whales.

The coins are in Brilliant Uncirculated grade and were made available exclusively through APMEX, boxed and with a Certificate of Authenticity.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2020 Spinner Dolphin - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 · 100 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2020 Spinner Dolphin - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) in its characteristic leap above the water; in the background - the Sun rising over the ocean horizon.

Around above left, the inscription SPINNER DOLPHIN. Around below right, the precious metal content 1 oz .9999 FINE GOLD (one ounce of 99.99% gold).

The face value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription SPINNER DOLPHIN 1 oz .9999 FINE GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin design was approved by the Assistant Treasurer in acts compiled in Currency (Australian Coins) Determination 2019 on 11 September 2020.

See also

Coins featuring a Spinner Dolphin and issued by RAM include:
- Gold Ounce
- Silver Ounce with High Relief, $5
- Silver Ounce, $1

All (23) 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 Mythical Creatures - Unicorn 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9999 Au 2021 100 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 Spinner Dolphin: 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
Mintage Limit250
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerBronwyn King
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.740 mm
Thickness2.950 mm
Mass31.103 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-PJJR-OJYG
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$100 1oz Gold Investment Coin - Spinner Dolphin Reverse
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