Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse

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 with a face value of $15 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 Tenth-Ounce 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 1/10oz 9999 Au 15 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/10 oz 9999 Au" means "one tenth of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold" - Au is abbreviated from the Latin word for gold, Aurum.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/10oz 9999 Au 15 DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Gold Tenth-Ounce 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): 0.100
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in acrylic capsule.
Perth Mint Product Code: 3S2005GAAX

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

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 5,000
Details

Each coin is presented in a prestigious red display case with geometric magnetic lid and adorned with gold lettering and a geometric design. As a new addition to the 12-year Australian Lunar coin series, each shipper in the Australian Lunar Series III will portray the story of how that animal came to occupy their position in the zodiac. The shippers of coins in the Lunar Series III will, when arranged in order, form a diorama depicting all the animals in The Great Race. This ancient myth tells how the Chinese zodiac came into being.

Perth Mint Item ID: 3S2015GAAA. Issue price: AU$ 429.000

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 2020 Year of the Mouse: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value15 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.600 mm
Thickness1.400 mm
Mass3.111 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-MPGY-ENZB
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