Platinum Ounce 2012 Australian Platypus, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Platinum Ounce 2012 Australian Platypus, Coin from Australia
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2012 Australian Platypus

The Australian one ounce platinum piece (abbreviated as 1 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 the second issue in the Australian Platypus series of one-ounce platinum coins by the Perth Mint.

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic, egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. The platypus is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species appear in the fossil record.

Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, and a monotypic taxon as the only member of the family ornithorhynchidae. They are one of the few mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. Like other monotremes, it senses prey through electrolocation. It is one of the few species of venomous mammals, as the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom, capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, and the first scientists to examine a preserved platypus body (in 1799) judged it a fake, made of several animals sewn together.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage26,580
Obverse
Australia / Platinum Ounce 2012 Australian Platypus - 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 and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·.

The Queen's effigy is polished; the background is frosted.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Platinum Ounce 2012 Australian Platypus - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse depicts, on a frosted background, an Australian platypus swimming among air bubbles. On an underwater plant to its right, in small letters, the designer's initials NM (for Natasha Muhl).

Around above, the inscription AUSTRALIAN PLATYPUS. Around below, the date of issue and the precious metal content: 2012 1oz 9995 PLATINUM (one troy ounce of 99.95% platinum).

The P mint mark of the Perth Mint is in the field below left.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIAN PLATYPUS 2012 1oz 9995 PLATINUM
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, frosted surfaces.

See also

Australian Platypus 1oz Platinum coins in the series include:
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Australian Platypus 2011
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Australian Platypus 2012
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Australian Platypus 2013
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Australian Platypus 2014
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Australian Platypus 2015
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Australian Platypus 2016
- 1 oz Platinum Bullion, Australian Platypus 2017

Platinum Ounce 2012 Australian Platypus: References to Information Used
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All (25) coins of type: Platinum Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Platinum Ounce 2011 Australian Platypus 30,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2012 Australian Platypus 26,580 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2013 Australian Platypus 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2014 Australian Platypus 1,616 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2015 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2015 Australian Platypus 12,420 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 350 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2016 Australian Platypus 12,420 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2017 Australian Platypus 2,994 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2018 Australian Kangaroo 5,251 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Australian Kangaroo 6,781 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Dragon 2,099 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Australian Kangaroo 20,610 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse 5,188 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9995 Pt 100 DOLLARS
Platinum Ounce 2020 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox 5,188 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9999 Au 100 DOLLARS
Platinum Ounce 2021 Mythical Creatures - Unicorn 125 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9995 Pt 2021 100 DOLLARS
Platinum Ounce 2021 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 350 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 Dragon 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9995 Pt 2022 100 DOLLARS
Platinum Ounce 2022 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9995 Pt 100 DOLLARS
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Platinum Ounce 2012 Australian Platypus: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2012
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage26,580
Mintage Limit30,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerNatasha Muhl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.600 mm
Thickness2.700 mm
Mass31.104 g
OCC IDRWKZ-EJNC-QMRD-EXGL
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