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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Whale Shark, Coin from Australia
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The Australian tenth-ounce gold piece (abbreviated as 1/10 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 tenth-ounce gold coin is part of the 2012 Discover Australia Coin Series by the Perth Mint and features a Whale Shark.

Each of the five coin in the series depicts artistry inspired by the beautiful Australian landscape and its wildlife. The Whale Shark is the world’s biggest fish, yet despite its formidable size is considered harmless. Found in coastal waters and the lagoons of coral atolls and reefs, the upper body of the Whale Shark is blue-grey to brown in colour, with light spots. Boasting some 3,000 tiny teeth, the Whale Shark is a filter feeder, sieving food through its gills. This majestic creature was not discovered until 1828, although the species is actually millions of years old.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Whale Shark - 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 and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Whale Shark - reverse photo

The coin's reverse depicts a Whale Shark swimming through the ocean.

Around above, the inscription DISCOVER AUSTRALIA.

Around below, 2012 WHALE SHARK 1/10oz 9999 GOLD (one tenth of an ounce of 99.99% gold).

The P mint mark of the Perth Mint is to the left. The designer's initials TV (for Tom Vaughan) are on the shark's pelvic fin.

Reverse Inscription DISCOVER AUSTRALIA 2012 WHALE SHARK 1/10oz 9999 GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

This coin was issued individually boxed, or in a set with other members of the series.

Finish: proof.
Packaging (individual coin): presentation box with a timber lid and illustrated shipper, with numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 1217GEAA
Issue price: AU$ 295.00

Issued in Set
Discover Australia 2012 1/10oz Gold Five-Coin Set, mintage unknown
5 coins: 1/10oz Gold, Red Kangaroo, 1/1oz Gold, Whale Shark, 1/10oz Gold, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 1/10oz Gold, Goanna, 1/10oz Gold, Kookaburra
See also

Coins issued in the Discover Australia 2012 series include:
- 1/10oz Platinum, Red Kangaroo, 2012
- 1/2oz Gold, Red Kangaroo, 2012
- 1/10oz Gold, Red Kangaroo, 2012
- 1/25oz Gold, Red Kangaroo, 2012
- 1oz Silver, Red Kangaroo, 2012
- 1/10oz Platinum, Whale Shark, 2012
- 1/2oz Gold, Whale Shark, 2012
- 1/10oz Gold, Whale Shark, 2012
- 1/25oz Gold, Whale Shark, 2012
- 1oz Silver, Whale Shark, 2012
- 1/10oz Platinum, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 2012
- 1/2oz Gold, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 2012
- 1/10oz Gold, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 2012
- 1/25oz Gold, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 2012
- 1oz Silver, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 2012
- 1/10oz Platinum, Goanna, 2012
- 1/2oz Gold, Goanna, 2012
- 1/10oz Gold, Goanna, 2012
- 1/25oz Gold, Goanna, 2012
- 1oz Silver, Goanna, 2012
- 1/10oz Platinum, Kookaburra, 2012
- 1/2oz Gold, Kookaburra, 2012
- 1/10oz Gold, Kookaburra, 2012
- 1/25oz Gold, Kookaburra, 2012
- 1oz Silver, Kookaburra, 2012

All (24) coins of type: Gold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Red Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Whale Shark unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Green and Gold Bell Frog unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Goanna unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Kookaburra unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Australian Koala 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Australian Koala 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Kangaroo, RAM unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Kangaroo, RAM unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Australian Kookaburra 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Australian Kangaroo, Perth Mint 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/10oz 9999 Au 15 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Kangaroo, RAM unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Ten Dollars Gold 2020 Eureka! Australia's Gold Rush 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 10 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Australian Kookaburra 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Coloured 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/10oz 9999 Au 15 DOLLARS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/10oz 9999 Au 15 DOLLARS
Ten Dollars Gold 2021 Heroes of the Sky 2,021 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 10 DOLLARS ·
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Whale Shark: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2012
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value15 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerTom Vaughan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.600 mm
Thickness1.500 mm
Mass3.111 g
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-NWVV-OYJD
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