Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Platypus, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Platypus, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Platypus

The Australian quarter-ounce gold piece (abbreviated as 1/4 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 platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic, egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. The platypus is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species appear in the fossil record.

Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, and a monotypic taxon as the only member of the family ornithorhynchidae. They are one of the few mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. Like other monotremes, it senses prey through electrolocation. It is one of the few species of venomous mammals, as the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom, capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, and the first scientists to examine a preserved platypus body (in 1799) judged it a fake, made of several animals sewn together.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Platypus - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 1/4oz 9999 Au 2020 25 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/4 oz 9999 Au" means "one quarter of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold" - Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 2020 25 DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Platypus - reverse photo

The reverse designs shows a platypus swimming under water, surrounded by water lilies.

The Perth Mint's P mint mark is above right. On a leaf above left, the initials of the designer, JM, for Jennifer McKenna.

In the rim, which is patterned with thin radial lines, the inscription AUSTRALIAN PLATYPUS around above, and the date of issue 2021 below.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIAN PLATYPUS 2021
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Notes

Gold content (Troy oz): 0.250
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), frosted surfaces.
Packaging: individual coin in plastic capsule, or 20 coins in mint tube.

See also

This Australian Platypus design was issued in the following formats:
- 1/3 oz Platinum, Australian Platypus 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold, Australian Platypus 2021
- 1 1/2 oz Silver, Australian Platypus 2021

All (38) coins of type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Quarter Ounce 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Anniversary 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2013 · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Australian Koala 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 GOLD 2017 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster, RAM unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Australian Koala 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2014 Australian Saltwater Crocodile unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 End of WWI 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 GOLD 2018 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Kangaroo, RAM unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Year of the Pig, Perth Mint unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 GOLD 2019 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Year of the Pig, RAM 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Kangaroo, RAM unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Australian Kangaroo, Perth Mint unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Battle of Britain 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 End of WWII 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 2020 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Kangaroo, RAM unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Voyage of Discovery - Endeavour 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 2020 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Australian Striped Marlin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 2020 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Perth Mint unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, RAM 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Kookaburra 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Kangaroo - Nugget 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 2021 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Florin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 2021 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Golden Eagle Nugget 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Spotted Eagle Ray unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 2021 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Platypus unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 2020 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Platinum Jubilee 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 2022 25 DOLLARS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Australian Kangaroo 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Australian Kookaburra 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 25 DOLLARS ·
Gold Quarter Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Au 25 DOLLARS
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Australian Platypus: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value25 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJennifer McKenna
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size20.600 mm
Thickness2.300 mm
Mass7.777 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-NBPA-EYPL
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