Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse

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 half-ounce silver coin with a face value of 50 cents was issued as part of the Perth Mint's Lunar Series III to mark the Chinese Year of the Mouse, 25 January 2020 - 11 February 2021 (also called Year of the Rat).

First issued in 1995 and now in its third round, the long-running Australian Lunar Coin Series celebrates the animals of the Chinese zodiac with a sequence of annual designs portraying the mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The mouse is the first animal in the cycle.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown and the Victoria Coronation necklace worn for her Coronation. This is her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide and "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, in "uncouped" version - showing the Queen's shoulders and not terminating at the neck as the normal version.

On the left, in small letters on the Queen's shoulder, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/2 oz 9999 Ag" means "one half of a troy ounce of 99.99% silver" - Ag is abbreviated from the Latin word for silver, Argentum.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS
Reverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse - reverse photo

The reverse design portrays two mice foraging on husks of corn.

Above right, the Chinese character for "mouse" (or "rat:), , below which the inscription MOUSE 2020.

The Perth Mint P mint mark is below right. The designer's initials IJ (for Ing Ing Jong) are above left, behind the mouse's foot.

Reverse Inscription 鼠 MOUSE 2020
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Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, with lightly frosted surfaces.
Packaging: in individual coin capsule.
Perth Mint Product Code: 3S2006EAAX

This release has an unlimited mintage. The reverse includes a security feature in the form of a micro-laser engraved letter. Contained within a stalk of wheat, this letter is only detectable under a magnifying glass.

See also

Year of the Mouse 2020 coins issued by the Perth Mint include:
- Australia, Platinum Ounce ($100) Proof, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Ten Ounces ($1000), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Two Ounces ($200), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Ounce ($100) High Relief, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Ounce ($100), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Half Ounce ($50), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Quarter Ounce ($25), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Tenth-Ounce ($15), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Twentieth-Ounce ($5), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ten Kilos ($300), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Kilo ($30), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces ($8) High Relief, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces ($8) Bullion, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) Antique, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) Coloured, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) with coloured version, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) with Opal, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) High Relief, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) with coloured and gilded versions, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Half Ounce (50c) with coloured version, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Quarter Ounce (25c) coloured, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Quarter Ounce (25c) coloured - China design, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Aluminium Bronze $1 in Year of the Mouse 2020 PNC

Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse: Known varieties
Variety Coloured Reverse
Images Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse / Coloured Reverse - obverse photo Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse / Coloured Reverse - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 25,000
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin with the mice on the reverse in full colour.

Variety Proof
Images Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse / Proof - obverse photo Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 5,000
Details

Individually boxed: Perth Mint Item ID: 3S2016EAAA, issue limit 4,000, issue price: AU$ 74.00.
Also issued in sets. Maximum coin mintage: 5,000.

In Set Australian Lunar Series III 2020 Year of the Mouse Silver Proof Coins, mintage unknown
3 coins: Silver Two Ounces ($2), Year of the Mouse 2020, Silver Ounce ($1), Year of the Mouse 2020, Silver Half Ounce (50 cents), Mouse 2020
All (28) 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 1/2 OZ 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 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 - 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 - 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 - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Qantas unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat - Ingot unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Emu in the Sky 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 The Seven Sisters 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Kangaroos at Dawn 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - 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 - 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 - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Kangaroo 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Koala 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Dingo 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Ginger Meggs - 1921 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Ginger Meggs - 2021 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Silver Half Ounce 2021 The Shark in the Stars 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger - Ingot unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 1 DOLLAR ·
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Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.600 mm
Thickness2.600 mm
Mass15.553 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-AJNK-ENQG
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