Platinum Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Goanna, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Platinum Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Goanna, Coin from Australia
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The Australian tenth-ounce platinum piece (abbreviated as 1/10 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 tenth-ounce platinum coin is part of the 2012 Discover Australia Coin Series by the Perth Mint and features a Goanna.

Each of the five coin in the series depicts artistry inspired by the beautiful Australian landscape and its wildlife. The Goanna, one of Australia’s largest monitor lizards, is found throughout most of Australia in a variety of environments. These reptiles are usually dark grey to black in colour and display cream or yellow scales, which form bands and spots, in contrast. Using their powerful legs and tail, long neck and strong claws, the Goanna can move quickly across the ground and among tree branches, and is the only lizard to possess a forked tongue.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse

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 tiny 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 · 15 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Platinum Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Goanna - reverse photo

The coin's reverse depicts a Goanna walking on the desert sand; the background is coloured.

Around above, the inscription DISCOVER AUSTRALIA.

Around below, 2012 GOANNA 1/10oz 9995 PLATINUM (one tenth of an ounce of 99.95% platinum).

The P mint mark of the Perth Mint is to the left. The designer's initials AH (for Aleysha Howarth) are incuse on the goanna's tail.

Reverse Inscription DISCOVER AUSTRALIA 2012 GOANNA 1/10oz 9995 PLATINUM
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Notes

This coin was issued individually boxed, or in a set with other members of the series.

Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging (individual coin): presentation box with a timber lid and illustrated shipper, with numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Issue price: AU$ 304.00

Issued in Set
Discover Australia 2012 1/10oz Platinum Five-Coin Set, mintage unknown
5 coins: 1/10oz Platinum, Red Kangaroo, 1/1oz Platinum, Whale Shark, 1/10oz Platinum, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 1/10oz Platinum, Goanna, 1/10oz Platinum, Kookaburra
See also

Coins issued in the Discover Australia 2012 series include:
- 1/10oz Platinum, Red Kangaroo, 2012
- 1/2oz Gold, Red Kangaroo, 2012
- 1/10oz Gold, Red Kangaroo, 2012
- 1/25oz Gold, Red Kangaroo, 2012
- 1oz Silver, Red Kangaroo, 2012
- 1/10oz Platinum, Whale Shark, 2012
- 1/2oz Gold, Whale Shark, 2012
- 1/10oz Gold, Whale Shark, 2012
- 1/25oz Gold, Whale Shark, 2012
- 1oz Silver, Whale Shark, 2012
- 1/10oz Platinum, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 2012
- 1/2oz Gold, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 2012
- 1/10oz Gold, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 2012
- 1/25oz Gold, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 2012
- 1oz Silver, Green and Gold Bell Frog, 2012
- 1/10oz Platinum, Goanna, 2012
- 1/2oz Gold, Goanna, 2012
- 1/10oz Gold, Goanna, 2012
- 1/25oz Gold, Goanna, 2012
- 1oz Silver, Goanna, 2012
- 1/10oz Platinum, Kookaburra, 2012
- 1/2oz Gold, Kookaburra, 2012
- 1/10oz Gold, Kookaburra, 2012
- 1/25oz Gold, Kookaburra, 2012
- 1oz Silver, Kookaburra, 2012

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Platinum Tenth-Ounce 2012 Discover Australia - Goanna: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypePlatinum Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2012
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value15 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerAleysha Howarth
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.600 mm
Thickness1.320 mm
Mass3.112 g
OCC IDBVYX-EWRC-YJNM-OJZN
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