Gold Ounce 2021 Zeewijk Shipwreck, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Zeewijk Shipwreck, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Zeewijk 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 2021 Zeewijk triangular one-ounce gold coin is the fourth and final release in the Australian Shipwreck series. The Zeewijk follows on from the first three popular releases in the series featuring the Batavia, the Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon) and Zuytdorp. The coins were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated grade.

The exquisite design of the reverse conveys two scenes to communicate the journey of the Zeewijk. With the image of the ship viewed upright, the Zeewijk is shown setting sail in its full glory. Flipping the coin to view the text of "1727" and "Zeewijk" upright depicts the ship in its final state capsized shortly after wrecking in 1727. The obverse design depicts scenes from the dramatic story of the Zeewijk.

The Zeewijk left the Netherlands in 1726 for Batavia with 208 seamen and a rich cargo of more than 315,000 guilders in ten chests. Having lost 28 men by the time it reached the Cape of Good Hope in 1727, further disaster soon struck when the Zeewijk hit reef off the Western Australian coast.

Managing to set up camp on a nearby island and saving the chests of guilders, eleven of the survivors later launched the longboat to raise the alarm in Batavia. Tragically, these men were never seen again. Meanwhile, the remaining crew salvaged material from the Zeewijk’s wreck and ingeniously built another boat, named Sloepie, reinforced with local mangrove timber. More than ten months after being shipwrecked, the men and chests of guilders set sail in Sloepie. After just four weeks, 82 survivors victoriously landed at Batavia in their makeshift boat.

The Zeewijk was the last Dutch East Indiaman to be wrecked off the Western Australian coast and Sloepie was the first boat built by Europeans in Australia.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2021 Zeewijk 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 2021 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS.

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

The background image, which takes most of the surface of the obverse, depicts the stylised representation of a shipwreck, and survivors carrying planks of wood from the shipwreck. In the foreground, two men are assembling the hull of a new ship while a woman is hammering nails into a plank of wood. A boat (presumably the Sloepie) is shown entering a harbour under full sail, with two people standing and waving at it from a wooden quay.

The rim is plain.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2021 Zeewijk Shipwreck - reverse photo

Within a plain rim, the triangular design has an ornamental border comprised of the logo of the Dutch East India Company logo on top, marine ropes to the sides, a ship's steering wheel in the lower left and a compass in the lower right.

At centre, the Zeewijk vessel in full sail.

The inscriptions are upside down; when the coin is inverted, these read: 1 oz .9999 Au (one ounce of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from the Latin Aurum), ZEEWIJK in a ribbon, and 1727.

The designer's initials AS (for Aleksandra Stokic) are in the lower right, hidden in the ornamentation to the left of the compass.

The face value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 1 oz .9999 Au ZEEWIJK 1727
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin design was approved by the Assistant Treasurer in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2020 Royal Australian Mint No. 5) Determination 2020 on 5 November 2020.

The coins are distributed in a triangular acrylic capsule (there is no box), with a Certificate of Authenticity.

See also

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

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Gold Ounce 2021 Zeewijk Shipwreck: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit250
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerAleksandra Stokic
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeTriangle
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size33.900 mm
Thickness3.200 mm
Mass31.103 g
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-GRLZ-ELMD
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Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
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