Gold Ounce 2021 Great White Shark, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Great White Shark, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Great White Shark

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 2021 Great White Shark one-ounce gold bullion coin is the second release in a new series titled Australia's Most Dangerous; the coins are issued by the Royal Australian Mint in collaboration with LPM (Hong Kong) which is their exclusive distributor; they are in Brilliant Uncirculated grade.

The Great White Shark (Carcharodon Carcharias) is one of Australia’s most feared creatures, yet relatively little is known about them because of their elusive behaviour. Immortalised in cult classic, Jaws, the Great White Shark is the world’s largest known predatory fish and can grow up to six metres long. With up to 300 teeth across several rows and that replace themselves over the sharks lifespan, the Great White Shark tears its food into chunks before swallowing the pieces whole.

This apex predator is named after its white belly and features a grey upper body. Cruising at about 40 kilometres an hour, the Great White can propel itself up to 56 kilometres an hour in short bursts, such as when attacking its prey. They have been known to jump out of the water, breaching like a whale. While the predator has been found along Australia’s east, south and west coastlines, human interactions with the shark are relatively rare. With Great White Shark numbers thought to be decreasing, they are a protected species in Australia.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2021 Great White Shark - 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 2021 · 100 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2021 Great White Shark - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a Great White Shark (Carcharodon Carcharias) breaching out of the water, surrounded by splashing water.

On three lines below: GREAT WHITE SHARK.

Around above right, the precious metal content 1 oz .9999 GOLD (one ounce of 99.99% gold).

The face value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription GREAT WHITE SHARK 1 oz .9999 GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin design was approved by the Assistant Treasurer in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2020 Royal Australian Mint No. 3) Determination 2020 on 30 June 2020.

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 2021 Great White Shark: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit250
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.740 mm
Thickness2.600 mm
Mass31.103 g
OCC IDNXYD-ONZC-PYVK-OVRB
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2021 $100 1oz Gold Investment Coin - Great White Shark
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2021 $100 1oz Gold Investment Coin - Great White Shark
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