|Coin||Gold Two Ounces 2021 Australian Kangaroo - Nugget|
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 the long-running Australian Kangaroo bullion coin series by the Perth Mint and commemorates 35 years since its beginning.
Debuting in 1986 in proof format and in 1987 as bullion, Australian Nugget gold coins featured designs celebrating historic Australian natural gold nuggets - including Welcome Stranger, the largest nugget known to man. Each incredible find was artistically portrayed for the series by renowned designer and goldsmith Stuart Devlin, who also drew the magnificent "red kangaroo" that became synonymous with the series and a key inspiration behind its later name change to the "Australian Kangaroo".
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 2021 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 Queen's effigy is smaller than normal; in reference to the earliest coins in the series, her Third Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf is also shown, in a smaller cartouche above.
The reverse of the 35th anniversary tribute portrays a representation of Stuart Devlin’s red kangaroo surrounded by symbolic rays of the Australian sun.
As well as the number 35 and the inscription RED KANGAROO below that, the design includes, in a small circle above, a small representation of the 2,300 oz Welcome Stranger nugget, unearthed in Victoria in 1869, which featured on the earliest coin in the series.
The Perth Mint’s P mint mark is to the right of the kangaroo.
Around above, the name of the coin: AUSTRALIAN NUGGET; around below, the anniversary dates 1986 - 2021.
||AUSTRALIAN NUGGET 35 RED KANGAROO 1986 - 2021
Gold Content (Troy oz): 2.000
Packaging: in black presentation case, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 21L21BAA
Issue price: AU$ 7,799.00
Coins in the Australian Kangaroo 2021 series by the Perth Mint include:
- 1 oz Platinum, Australian Kangaroo 2021
- 1 kg Gold, Australian Kangaroo 2021
- 5 oz Gold, Australian Kangaroo - Nugget 2021
- 2 oz Gold, Australian Kangaroo - Nugget 2021
- 2 oz Gold Proof High Relief, Australian Kangaroo 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Australian Kangaroo - Nugget 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Australian Kangaroo 2021
- 1/2 oz Gold, Australian Kangaroo 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold, Australian Kangaroo - Nugget 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold, Australian Kangaroo 2021
- 1/10 oz Gold, Australian Kangaroo 2021
- 0.5 g Gold, Australian Kangaroo 2021
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Australian Kangaroo 2021