|Coin||Platinum Tenth-Ounce 2023 Australian Kookaburra|
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 coin is part of the long running Australian Kookaburra series of bullion coins by the Perth Mint, which has a new reverse design every year. The 34th annual Kookaburra design portrays two birds perched on branches surrounding waratah, a native floral treasure.
The kookaburra is the largest member of the kingfisher family and the national bird of Australia. It takes its name from the word "gugubarra" in the Australian aboriginal Wiradjuri language.
||Mint Mark||Letter P
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 and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·.
The reverse of the coin depicts two Australian kookaburra birds perched on branches, above waratah flowers.
The designer's initials WR (for Wade Robinson) are at the base of the branch below. Below right near the rim, the Perth Mint's traditional P mint mark.
Around above left, the date of issue and the precious metal content: 2023 1/10oz 9995 Pt (one tenth of a troy ounce of 99.95% platinum). Around above right, the name of the coin series: KOOKABURRA.
||2023 1/10oz 9995 Pt KOOKABURRA
Platinum content (Troy oz): 0.100
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in a protective acrylic capsule.
Perth Mint SKU: 23032GAAX
Date issued: 23 January 2023.
Issue price: AU$ 218.99.
The coins have the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, even though they were issued during the reign of King Charles III.