|Coin||Gold Ounce 2023 Australian Box Jellyfish|
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 Australian Box Jellyfish is the fourth design in the Australia's Most Dangerous by the Royal Australian Mint.
Both feared and respected, this jellyfish is the largest of its species with a box-like bell reaching up to 30 centimetres across, with up to three metres of trailing tentacles.
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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 2023 · 100 DOLLARS ·.
The reverse of the coin depicts an Australian Box Jellyfish swimming in the ocean, with more jellyfish in the background.
On the left (the first word vertical), the inscription AUSTRALIAN BOX JELLYFISH. Around above right, the precious metal content 1 oz .9999 GOLD (one troy ounce of 99.99% gold).
The designer's logo, a stylised A over B (for Aaron Baggio) is in the right field. The face value and denomination are on the obverse.
||AUSTRALIAN BOX JELLYFISH 1 oz .9999 GOLD
Gold content (in troy oz): 1.000
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in protective capsule.
Date of issue: 4 October 2022.
RAM Product Code: 11101.
Owing to the unfortunate tendency of some mints - the Royal Australian Mint included - to issue future-dated coins, this coin was released with the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II after her death, with 2023 inscribed on the coin - which is actually during the reign of King Charles III.
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