Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox (RAM), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox (RAM), Coin from Australia
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox (RAM)

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.

This quarter-ounce gold coin with a face value of $25 was issued as part of the Lunar Series of coins to mark the Chinese Year of the Ox (12 February 2021 - 31 January 2022).

The Mint says:
"2021 marks the Lunar Year of the Ox and to celebrate, the Royal Australian Mint proudly presents the second Lunar Investment coin series. These coins are presented with a brilliant uncirculated finish and feature a bold bull, representing the hard working and honest characteristics of those born in the Year of the Ox."

The coins were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 10748.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Australia / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox (RAM) - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 includes the Queen's shoulders. On regular circulating coins it extends almost to the rim of the coin. Consequently, on them the legend does not run continuously around the rim. On commemorative coins the effigy is smaller and the value and denomination are below.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are incuse in tiny letters in the left field of the effigy (on the Queen's right shoulder, near the rim).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 25 DOLLARS ·.

The effigy, legend and face value are in a small circle, surrounded by a decorative border.

Around the rim outside that circle, the twelve animals of the Lunar Calendar walking counter-clockwise: rat, pig, dog, rooster, monkey, goat, horse, snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger and an ox; the ox is on top.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 25 DOLLARS ·
Australia / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox (RAM) - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at its centre an ox, with willow branches above enclosing a crescent-shaped clear space with the inscriptions.

Above right, the Chinese character for "ox" (pronounced niú under the Pinyin system) and, on four lines, the inscription YEAR OF THE OX.

Below that, the precious metal content: 1/4 oz .9999 Au (one quarter of an ounce of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from the Latin "Aurum" and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

The designer's initials BK (for Bronwyn King) are to the right.

The face value and the date of issue are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 牛 YEAR OF THE OX 1/4 oz .9999 Au
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

The coin designs were approved by the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2020 Royal Australian Mint No. 2) Determination 2020 on 20 May 2020.

See also

Year of the Ox 2021 coins issued by RAM include:
- Gold Ounce, Domed
- Gold Ounce
- Gold Half Ounce
- Gold Quarter Ounce
- Silver Ounce ($5), Domed
- Silver Ounce ($1)
- Silver Half Ounce, Rectangular Ingot
- 50 Cents, Copper-Nickel

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Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox (RAM): Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value25 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage5,000
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerBronwyn King
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size21.690 mm
Thickness2.300 mm
Mass7.777 g
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2021 Investment Lunar Series - Year of the Ox
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2021 Investment Lunar Series - Year of the Ox
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