|Coin||Gold Two Ounces 2020 End of WWII|
The Australian two ounces gold piece (abbreviated as 2 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 coin is part of a Perth Mint series commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War Two (WWII).
The Mint says about it:
After six bloody years of global conflict, World War II finally ended in 1945. Citizens the world over embraced the prospect of peace with joy and relief. Seventy-five years on we remain compelled to commemorate the arrival of peace and remember the sacrifice of those who fought for freedom.
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, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Au 2020 200 DOLLARS.
The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "2 oz 9999 Au" means "two troy ounces of 99.99% gold" - Au is abbreviated from the Latin word for gold, Aurum.
The reverse of the coin depicts a dove against a stylised background and silhouettes of soldiers, surrounded by a wreath.
On two lines on the left, the inscription 75 YEARS; on two lines on the right, END OF WWII.
The Perth Mint's traditional P mint mark is below right. The designer's initials LB (for Lucas Bowers) are in tiny letters below right, above the lowest leaves of the wreath.
||75 YEARS END OF WWII
Gold content (Troy oz): 2.000
Packaging: accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, the coin is presented in a classic black display case with a clear acrylic lid within a themed shipper.
Perth Mint Item ID: 20H50CAA
Issue price: AU$ 8,199.00, US$ 5,871.46
Coins issued to mark the 75th Anniversary of World War Two by the Perth Mint include:
- 2 oz Gold, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- 1/2 g Gold, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- 2 oz Silver Antiqued, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- 1/10 oz Silver, End of WWII 75th Anniversary, 2020
- $1 Aluminium Bronze, Victory in the Pacific, 2020