Gold Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat (Fourth Portrait), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat (Fourth Portrait), Coin from Australia
CoinGold Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat (Fourth Portrait)

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.

Issued by the Royal Australian Mint and exclusively distributed by PAMP, this one-ounce gold investment coin with a face value of $100 is part of an investment series which commemorates 2020 as the Year of the Rat (25 January 2020 - 11 February 2021) in Chinese culture. Rich in traditional symbolism, the coin’s reverse-side design depicts two rats upon branches of an oak, a tree associated with the Year of the Rat.

The series was announced on 26 November 2019. The coins were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, packaged in individual capsules.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat (Fourth Portrait) - obverse photo

The obverse of the coins shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 100 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, in pairs facing each other; clockwise: monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse and goat. Between each animal, a small Moon in a different phase.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat (Fourth Portrait) - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at its centre two rats on a branch of an oak tree, with leaves and an acorn above.

Above the rats, the Chinese character for "rat" (pronounced shŭ under the Pinyin system). Around above, the date of issue 2020.

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

The designer's initials AWB (for Adam William Ball) are below right, above the oak branch.

Reverse Inscription 2020 鼠 1 oz .9999 Au
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

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

The Perth Mint coins for the same Lunar year are called "Year of the Mouse". However, confusingly, there is also a different gold one-ounce Year of the Rat coin issued by the Royal Australian Mint.

See also

Year of the Rat 2020 coins issued by RAM include:
- Gold Ounce, Two Rats, Fourth Portrait
- Gold Ounce, Domed
- Gold Ounce
- Gold Quarter Ounce, Two Rats, Fourth Portrait
- Gold Twentieth-Ounce, Two Rats, Fourth Portrait
- Silver Ounce ($5), Domed
- Silver Ounce ($1)
- Silver Half Ounce, Rectangular Ingot
- $1 Year of the Rat, Aluminium Bronze
- $1 Good Luck, Aluminium Bronze
- 50 Cents, Copper-Nickel

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 Year of the Rat (Fourth Portrait): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit5,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerAdam Ball
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.740 mm
Thickness2.950 mm
Mass31.103 g
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-GRQN-EPQM
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2020 $100 Gold Lunar Investment - Year of the Rat Reverse
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