Gold Ounce 2022 Great Barrier Reef, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2022 Great Barrier Reef, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Ounce 2022 Great Barrier Reef

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 Great Barrier Reef is the first release in the Beauty, Rich & Rare series by the Royal Australian Mint, highlighting the natural beauty of Australia. The coin is coloured and has an innovative domed shape.

Covering a length of over 2,000 km and an area of 347,000 sq km, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on Earth. The famous landmark of the Red Continent is located along the northeast coast of Australia and is composed of nearly 3,000 individual reefs. Due to its impressive size, it is visible to the naked eye from space. The fragile ecosystem is home to about 1,600 species of fish, 1,500 species of sponges, 5,000 species of molluscs, 800 species of starfish and echinoderms, 500 species of kelp and more than 200 species of birds. The Great Barrier Reef also provides a habitat for rare species of whales, dolphins and turtles. UNESCO declared the species-rich reef system a World Heritage Site on October 26, 1981. As the continued existence of the largest reef structure created by living creatures is severely threatened by various factors - including tourism, water pollution and climatic changes - the Australian government has initiated measures to protect the Great Barrier Reef - also to prevent it from being classified by UNESCO as an "endangered world heritage site". Environmentalists agree, however, that the aid packages are coming too late and that the condition of the reef system will deteriorate dramatically in the coming decades.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage750
Obverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2022 Great Barrier Reef - 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 J.C (for Jody Clark).

The inscription containing the monarch's legend runs continuously around the rim.

The inscription also includes the precious metal content: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · ONE OUNCE .9999 GOLD ·.

The portrait and the text are in a small circle at centre; the rest of the obverse shows a depiction of the reef, with waves breaking against rocks and two jellyfish above left.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · ONE OUNCE .9999 GOLD ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Ounce 2022 Great Barrier Reef - reverse photo

The reverse design features a depiction of the maritime life of the Great Barrier Reef. A colourful school of fish stretches across the design, surrounded by other inhabitants of the coral reef - among them, a catfish above and corals below.

Around above, the inscription GREAT BARRIER REEF. Around below, the date of issue and the name of the series: 2022 BEAUTY, RICH & RARE.

The face value $100 (one hundred dollars) is overlaid on the corals below right.

Reverse Inscription GREAT BARRIER REEF $100 2022 BEAUTY, RICH & RARE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC, coloured, domed shape.
Packaging: in deluxe timber box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
RAM Product Code: 11060
Date of issue: 5 May 2022
Issue price: AU$ $3,750.00

These seem to be the first Australian coins where both the face value and the date are on the reverse.

See also

Coins in the Beauty, Rich & Rare series include:
- 1 oz Gold, Great Barrier Reef 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Great Barrier Reef 2022

Showing 26 from a total of 126 coins of type: Gold Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Ounce 2022 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Australian Kangaroo, High Relief 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Gold Ounce 2022 Australian Koala, High Relief 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 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 2023 Year of the Rabbit, High Relief 188 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9999 Au 100 DOLLARS
Gold Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit, RAM 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 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 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA · 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 Great Barrier Reef: 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 Mintage750
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDomed
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.510 mm
Thickness2.9500 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-DWWZ-OWQJ
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