Gold Ounce 2022 Desert Scorpion, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2022 Desert Scorpion, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Ounce 2022 Desert Scorpion

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 2022 Desert Scorpion one-ounce gold bullion coin is the third design in the Australia's Most Dangerous series by the Royal Australian Mint.

Desert scorpions (Urodacus yaschenkoi, also known as the inland robust scorpion) are found in a variety of locations in central Australia. They are one of the largest scorpions in Australia with males growing in excess of 100mm from mouth to tip of sting. The females are generally a bit shorter in length, although more robust in the body. Desert scorpions have prominent pedipalps (pincers) which they use to secure food. Their long tail culminates in a stinger (telson) that contains a venom gland that the scorpion uses to inject into their prey. Females give birth to live young, which she carries on her back for the first few days until they are strong enough to become independent. Scorpions can live up to 25 years.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage250
Obverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2022 Desert Scorpion - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders). In small letters on the left, the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 100 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2022 Desert Scorpion - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a Desert Scorpion walking in the Australian desert under the rays of the rising sun.

On two lines to the left: DESERT SCORPION. Below the scorpion, the precious metal content 1 oz .9999 GOLD (one ounce of 99.99% gold).

The designer's logo, a stylised A over B (for Aaron Baggio) is below right. The face value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription DESERT SCORPION 1 oz .9999 GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Gold content (in troy oz): 1.000
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in protective capsule.
Date of issue: September 2021.

See also

Coins in the Australia's Most Dangerous series include:
- 1 oz Gold, Redback Spider, 2020
- 5 oz Silver Bullion, Redback Spider, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Proof, Redback Spider, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Redback Spider, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Great White Shark, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Bullion, Great White Shark, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Great White Shark, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Great White Shark, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Desert Scorpion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Desert Scorpion, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Australian Box Jellyfish, 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Australian Box Jellyfish, 2023

Showing 23 from a total of 123 coins of type: Gold Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger, Domed 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger, Perth Mint unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9999 Au 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger, High Relief 188 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9999 Au 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2022 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Australian Emu 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Australian Brumby 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Coat of Arms - New South Wales 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 1 OUNCE .9999 Au
Gold Ounce 2022 Wildflowers of Australia - Waratah 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 1 oz .9999 Au
Gold Ounce 2022 Desert Scorpion 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Dragon 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9999 Au 2022 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2022 Dragon, Proof 188 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Super Pit 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Dragon Rectangle unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9999 Au 100 DOLLARS 2022
Gold Ounce 2022 Australian Swan 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2022 AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Australian Swan, High Relief 188 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2022 AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Great Barrier Reef 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · ONE OUNCE .9999 GOLD ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Dusky Dolphin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 African Elephant 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Little Hero Nugget 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Mythical Creatures - Griffin 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9999 Au 2022 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit, Perth Mint 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9999 Au 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce Year of the Rabbit, Domed 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2023 Australian Box Jellyfish 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 100 DOLLARS ·
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Gold Ounce 2022 Desert Scorpion: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage250
Mintage Limit250
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerAaron Baggio
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.740 mm
Thickness2.600 mm
Mass31.103 g
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-KKBB-EMPX
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2022 $100 1oz Gold Investment Coin - Australian Desert Scorpion
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