Platinum Third-Ounce 2019 Humpback Whale, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Platinum Third-Ounce 2019 Humpback Whale, Coin from Australia
CoinPlatinum Third-Ounce 2019 Humpback Whale

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 2019 design features the Humpback Whale.

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. It is one of the larger rorqual species, with adults ranging in length from 12-16 m and weighing around 25-30 tons. The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviours, making it popular with whale watchers. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. All the males in a group will produce the same song, which is different each season.

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km each year. They feed in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth, fasting and living off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage9,966
Obverse
Australia / Platinum Third-Ounce 2019 Humpback Whale - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide but "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, where the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald was fifth).

The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen mother) in 1937.

Unlike on British coinage, the effigy is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders). In small letters on the left, the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/3oz 9995 Pt 2019 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 2019 30 DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Platinum Third-Ounce 2019 Humpback Whale - reverse photo

The reverse designs shows an adult humpback whale and a baby swimming in the ocean.

The Perth Mint's P mint mark is above right. On an air bubble above left, in tiny letters the initials of the designer, NH, for Neil Hollis.

In the rim, which is patterned with thin radial lines, the inscription 2019 HUMPBACK WHALE around above, and AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY around below.

Reverse Inscription 2019 HUMPBACK WHALE AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), frosted surfaces.

Platinum Third-Ounce 2019 Humpback Whale: References to Information Used
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Platinum Third-Ounce 2019 Humpback Whale: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypePlatinum Third-Ounce (1/3 oz)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value30 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage9,966
Mintage Limit25,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerNeil Hollis
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.600 mm
Thickness2.000 mm
Mass10.373 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-RXLD-ENQG
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