Platinum Half Ounce 2017 Victory in the Pacific, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Platinum Half Ounce 2017 Victory in the Pacific, Coin from Australia
CoinPlatinum Half Ounce 2017 Victory in the Pacific

The Australian half ounce platinum piece (abbreviated as 1/2 oz and designated with Pt for "Platinum") 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 series commemorating the Australian participation in World War II - the War in the Pacific, as the Pacific Ocean theatre of this war is called. This design marks the end of the conflict - Victory in the Pacific, also known as VJ Day (the day of victory over Japan).

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage2,100
Obverse
Australia / Platinum Half Ounce 2017 Victory in the Pacific - 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 small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9995 Pt 2017 50 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/2oz 9995 Pt" means "one half of a troy ounce of 99.95% platinum".

The background is frosted.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9995 Pt 2017 50 DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Platinum Half Ounce 2017 Victory in the Pacific - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a flying American eagle carrying an olive branch. In the background, on the left - the flag of the United States; on the right - the stars of the Southern Cross.

On the right, the P mint mark of the Perth Mint. in the lowermost part of the central circle, the initials of the designer: TV (for Thomas Vaughan).

Around the rim, the inscription VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC above, and 1945 below.

Reverse Inscription VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC 1945
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
See also

Coins commemorating the War in the Pacific struck by the Perth Mint include:
- 1/4 oz Gold, War in the Pacific - Australian / American Memorial, 2013
- 1/10 oz Gold, War in the Pacific - Australian / American Memorial, 2013
- 1/2 oz Silver, War in the Pacific - Australian / American Memorial, 2013
- 1/4 oz Gold, War in the Pacific - Battle of the Coral Sea, 2014
- 1/10 oz Gold, War in the Pacific - Battle of the Coral Sea, 2014
- 1/2 oz Silver, War in the Pacific - Battle of the Coral Sea, 2014
- 1/4 oz Gold, War in the Pacific - Battle of the Coral Sea, 2015
- 1/10 oz Gold, War in the Pacific - Battle of the Coral Sea, 2015
- 1/2 oz Silver, War in the Pacific - Battle of the Coral Sea, 2015
- 1/4 oz Gold, Victory in the Pacific (VJ Day), 2016
- 1/10 oz Gold, Victory in the Pacific (VJ Day), 2016
- 1/2 oz Silver, Victory in the Pacific (VJ Day), 2016
- 1/2 oz Platinum, Victory in the Pacific (VJ Day), 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold, Victory in the Pacific (VJ Day), 2017
- 1/10 oz Gold, Victory in the Pacific (VJ Day), 2017
- 1/2 oz Silver, Victory in the Pacific (VJ Day), 2017

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Platinum Half Ounce 2017 Victory in the Pacific: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypePlatinum Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,100
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerThomas Vaughan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Mass15.5500 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-ABWB-OWQJ
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