Gold Ten Ounces 2018 The Jewelled Phoenix, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Ten Ounces 2018 The Jewelled Phoenix, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Ten Ounces 2018 The Jewelled Phoenix

The Australian ten ounces gold piece (abbreviated as 10 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 Jewelled Phoenix 2018 10oz Gold Proof Coin by the Perth Mint is the first issue in a series of jewelled collector coins dedicated to Chinese culture and features a phoenix - a symbol of high virtue and grace.

The Mint says about the coin:
"A truly exquisite collectable, The Jewelled Phoenix is a spectacularly handcrafted fusion of rare treasures from two Australian icons - The Perth Mint and Argyle Pink Diamonds. With meticulous attention to detail, two of nature’s most desired treasures have been transformed into a masterful work of art eloquently celebrating the mystical Chinese phoenix.

The ethereal creature, rich in ancient symbolism, has been fashioned from rose gold and elegantly handset with 89 beyond rare Argyle pink diamonds which have been especially selected for their colour intensity.

Only eight of these coveted collectables will ever be released worldwide." The number 8 symbolises good fortune in Chinese culture.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage8
Australia / Gold Ten Ounces 2018 The Jewelled Phoenix - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 10oz 9999 GOLD 2018 2000 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content, 10oz 9999 GOLD (ten ounces of 99.99% gold).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 10oz 9999 GOLD 2018 2000 DOLLARS
Australia / Gold Ten Ounces 2018 The Jewelled Phoenix - reverse photo

At its centre, the reverse of the coin features a Chinese phoenix crafted from rose gold and pavé-set pink diamonds.

With its intricate plumage designed in three-dimensional relief, the phoenix appears to be landing on the fabled Paulownia tree. According to legend the Chinese phoenix lived amid the branches of these trees and their white and violet flowers, but fed only on morning dew to avoid harming any plants or animals. Struck in 99.99% pure gold, the tree also has three of its flowers handset with pink diamonds.

Around above, the inscription THE JEWELLED PHOENIX. To the right of the tree, the Chinese character for phoenix: .

Below, the P mint mark of the Perth Mint.

Reverse Inscription THE JEWELLED PHOENIX 鳳
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: Proof FDC.
Diamonds: 89 Argyle diamond (Diamond quantity), average carat 1.22
Packaging: black display case resembling a classic Chinese cabinet, which opens to reveal the coin behind a Perspex screen. It is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint ID: 18B95AAA
Issue price: AU$ 188,000.00, US$ 132,922.84

See also

Jewelled Masterpieces issued so far:
- 10oz Gold, The Jewelled Phoenix, 2018
- 10oz Gold, The Jewelled Dragon, 2019
- 10oz Gold, The Jewelled Tiger, 2020
- 10oz Gold, The Jewelled Horse, 2021

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Gold Ten Ounces 2018 The Jewelled Phoenix: Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ten Ounces (10 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2000 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage8
Mintage Limit8
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size60.600 mm
Thickness7.800 mm
Mass311.060 g
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