Platinum Third-Ounce 2018 Emperor Penguin, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Platinum Third-Ounce 2018 Emperor Penguin, Coin from Australia
CoinPlatinum Third-Ounce 2018 Emperor Penguin

The Australian third-ounce platinum piece (abbreviated as 1/3oz and designated with Pt for "Platinum") is a bullion coin format used by the Perth Mint since 2018 for a series of bullion coins featuring different Australian animals.

This coin was first one issued by the Perth Mint in the platinum 1/3 oz format, and features the Emperor Penguin.

The emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica. The male and female are similar in plumage and size, reaching 100 cm in length and weighing from 22 to 45 kg. Feathers of the head and back are black and sharply delineated from the white belly, pale-yellow breast and bright-yellow ear patches. Like all penguins it is flightless, with a streamlined body, and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat. Its diet consists primarily of fish, but also includes crustaceans, such as krill, and cephalopods, such as squid. While hunting, the species can remain submerged around 20 minutes, diving to a depth of 535 m.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage10,490
Obverse
Australia / Platinum Third-Ounce 2018 Emperor Penguin - 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 tiny 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 1/3oz 9995 Pt 2021 30 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/3 oz 9995 Pt" means "one third of a troy ounce of 99.95% platinum" - Pt is abbreviated from platinum.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/3oz 9995 Pt 2021 30 DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Platinum Third-Ounce 2018 Emperor Penguin - reverse photo

The reverse designs shows a standing Emperor Penguin.

The Perth Mint's P mint mark is in the right field. Below left, in tiny letters the initials of the designer, JM, for Jennifer McKenna.

In the rim, which is patterned with thin radial lines, the inscription 2018 EMPEROR PENGUIN around above, and AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY around below.

Reverse Inscription 2018 EMPEROR PENGUIN AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), frosted surfaces.
Packaging: in plastic flip.

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Platinum Third-Ounce 2018 Emperor Penguin: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypePlatinum Third-Ounce (1/3 oz)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value30 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage10,490
Mintage Limit25,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerJennifer McKenna
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.600 mm
Thickness2.000 mm
Mass10.373 g
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-WGYW-ODQG
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