Platinum Third-Ounce 2020 Leopard Seal, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Platinum Third-Ounce 2020 Leopard Seal, Coin from Australia
CoinPlatinum Third-Ounce 2020 Leopard Seal

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 2020 design features the Leopard Seal.

The leopard seal, also referred to as the sea leopard, is the second largest species of seal in the Antarctic. Its only natural predator is the killer whale. It feeds on a wide range of prey including cephalopods, other pinnipeds, krill, birds and fish. It is the only species in the genus Hydrurga.

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Obverse
Australia / Platinum Third-Ounce 2020 Leopard Seal - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 2020 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 2020 30 DOLLARS
Reverse

The reverse designs shows a leopard seal swimming underwater.

The Perth Mint's P mint mark is on the left. The designer's initials AH, for Alyesha Howarth, are below right.

In the rim, which is patterned with thin radial lines, around above,the inscription LEOPARD SEAL; around below, AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY.

Reverse Inscription LEOPARD SEAL AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY
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Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), frosted surfaces.

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Platinum Third-Ounce 2020 Leopard Seal: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypePlatinum Third-Ounce (1/3 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value30 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit75,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerAlyesha Howarth
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.600 mm
Thickness2.000 mm
Mass10.373 g
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-XRZL-OYJD
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