Gold Ten Ounces 2020 Year of the Mouse, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Ten Ounces 2020 Year of the Mouse, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Ten Ounces 2020 Year of the Mouse

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.

This ten-ounce gold coin with a face value of $1,000 was issued as part of the Perth Mint's Lunar Series III to mark the Chinese Year of the Mouse, 25 January 2020 - 11 February 2021 (also called Year of the Rat).

The Mint says about it:
The ancient Chinese lunar cycle resets in 2020, and The Perth Mint is poised to deliver its third Australian Lunar Series bullion coin program, which is destined to uphold the legacy of its predecessors. Synonymous with premium quality, purity and value, the Australian Lunar Series bullion coin program has established itself as one of the most sought after bullion investment products in global markets. Offering annual interpretations of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, the outstanding precious metal coins honour the history and heritage of the Chinese community in Australia and around the world.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Gold Ten Ounces 2020 Year of the Mouse - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown and the Victoria Coronation necklace worn for her Coronation. This is her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide and "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, in "uncouped" version - showing the Queen's shoulders and not terminating at the neck as the normal version.

On the left, in small letters on the Queen's shoulder, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 10oz 9999 Au 1000 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "10 oz 9999 Au" means "ten troy ounces of 99.99% gold" - Au is abbreviated from the Latin word for gold, Aurum.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 10oz 9999 Au 1000 DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Gold Ten Ounces 2020 Year of the Mouse - reverse photo

The reverse design portrays a mouse among stalks of wheat.

Above left, the Chinese character for "mouse" (or "rat:), , below which the inscription MOUSE 2020.

The Perth Mint P mint mark is on the left. The designer's initials IJ (for Ing Ing Jong) are below right, at the base of a wheat leaf.

Reverse Inscription 鼠 MOUSE 2020
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Notes

Gold content (Troy oz): 10.000
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in acrylic capsule.
Perth Mint Product Code: 3S2005BAAX

The reverse includes a security feature in the form of a micro-laser engraved letter. Contained within a stalk of wheat, this letter is only detectable under a magnifying glass.

See also

Year of the Mouse 2020 coins issued by the Perth Mint include:
- Australia, Platinum Ounce ($100) Proof, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Ten Ounces ($1000), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Two Ounces ($200), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Ounce ($100) High Relief, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Ounce ($100), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Half Ounce ($50), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Quarter Ounce ($25), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Tenth-Ounce ($15), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Twentieth-Ounce ($5), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ten Kilos ($300), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Kilo ($30), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces ($8) High Relief, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces ($8) Bullion, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) Antique, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) Coloured, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) with coloured version, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) with Opal, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) High Relief, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) with coloured and gilded versions, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Half Ounce (50c) with coloured version, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Quarter Ounce (25c) coloured, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Quarter Ounce (25c) coloured - China design, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Aluminium Bronze $1 in Year of the Mouse 2020 PNC

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Gold Ten Ounces 2020 Year of the Mouse: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ten Ounces (10 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value1000 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size60.600 mm
Thickness7.830 mm
Mass311.066 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-MZQD-EMDY
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