Silver Half Ounce 2020 The Seven Sisters, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2020 The Seven Sisters, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2020 The Seven Sisters

The Australian half ounce silver piece (abbreviated as 1/2 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 is the second release in a Royal Australian Mint series called Star Dreaming and is dedicated to the stellar constellation of the Pleiades, also known as The Seven Sisters.

The Pleiades are the star cluster closest to the Earth with a distance between 434 and 446 light years. Each of the stars is more than one hundred times brighter than our sun. Numerous myths and tales entwine around the seven stars. One version, often the subject of Aboriginal drawings, is about seven sisters fleeing from unwanted male attention.

The Aboriginal culture is considered the oldest civilisation in the world. In addition, the Australian Aborigines were probably the first astronomers - they used the stars as maps, for weather forecasting, as calendars and last but not least as the basis for their stories. The reverse of the silver coin shows a representation of the Seven Stars in the sky. The design was created by Christine "Jugarnu" Collard of the Wajarri-Noongar tribe. The star-studded night sky is depicted in colour.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Obverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2020 The Seven Sisters - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Reverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2020 The Seven Sisters - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features a coloured representation of the "Seven Sisters" (Pleiades) constellation, designed by the artist Christine "Jugarnu" Collard of the Wajarri-Noongar tribe.

The lower half of the coin features the Seven Sisters in human form, running to left, and the inscription THE SEVEN SISTERS.

Around below, the precious metal content: 1/2 oz .999 Ag (one half of a troy ounce of 99.9% silver; "Ag" is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver).

Reverse Inscription THE SEVEN SISTERS 1/2 oz .999 Ag
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in themed box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

See also

Coins in the Star Dreaming series include:
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Emu in the Sky 2020
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coloured, The Seven Sisters 2020
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coloured, The Shark in the Stars 2021

All (37) coins of type: Silver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Half Ounce 2011 Year of the Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 999 SILVER 2011 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2013 · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 999 Ag 2014 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Merry Christmas 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 999 SILVER 2014 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2015 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 999 Ag 2015 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 999 Ag 2016 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Tiger Shark unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2017 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2017 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2018 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Australian Kangaroo 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2019 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2019 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2020 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Qantas unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat - Ingot unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Emu in the Sky 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 The Seven Sisters 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Kangaroos at Dawn 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2021 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox - Ingot unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Kangaroo 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Koala 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Dingo 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Tasmanian Devil 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Wombat 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Ginger Meggs - 1921 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Ginger Meggs - 2021 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Silver Half Ounce 2021 The Shark in the Stars 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Mungo Footprints 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2022 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger - Ingot unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Kangaroo Bounding 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2022 CWA Centenary 2,022 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Commonwealth Games 2,022 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 1 DOLLAR ·
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Silver Half Ounce 2020 The Seven Sisters: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage5,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size35.890 mm
Thickness3.100 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-XDNB-ENXQ
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