Silver Five Ounces 2020 Mob of Roos, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Five Ounces 2020 Mob of Roos, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Five Ounces 2020 Mob of Roos

The Australian five ounces silver piece (abbreviated as 5 oz and designated with Ag for "silver") is a bullion and commemorative 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 Australian Kangaroo five-ounce silver bullion coin with selective gold plating is part of the "Icons of Australia" series and depicts a mob of five kangaroos (in Australian: "roos") - the iconic image by Stuart Devlin which has been the definitive design of the Australian $1 coin since it was introduced in 1984. This is the first time when the design was used on a bullion coin.

The coins are issued in Proof FDC grade, in a presentation case with Certificate of Authenticity.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Australia / Silver Five Ounces 2020 Mob of Roos - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 includes the Queen's shoulders. On regular circulating coins it extends almost to the rim of the coin. Consequently, on them the legend does not run continuously around the rim. On commemorative coins the effigy is smaller and the value and denomination are below.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are incuse in tiny letters in the left field of the effigy (on the Queen's right shoulder, near the rim).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020.

The Queen's portrait and the rim are gold plated.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Australia / Silver Five Ounces 2020 Mob of Roos - reverse photo

Five kangaroos (hence the coin type is known as the "Mob of Roos"), the closest facing right but looking to left; it is selectively gold-plated.

Below, and superimposed on them, the denomination and value 1 DOLLAR.

Reverse Inscription 1 DOLLAR
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The coin design, and the privy marks, were approved by a number of separate acts compiled in Currency (Australian Coins) Determination 2019.

See also

There is also a one-ounce silver piece with the same design.

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Silver Five Ounces 2020 Mob of Roos: Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Five Ounces (5 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Mintage Limit1,000
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.600 mm
Thickness6.140 mm
Mass155.533 g
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2020 $1 5oz Silver Proof Selectively Gold Plated Coin
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2020 $1 5oz Silver Proof Selectively Gold Plated Coin
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