Silver Half Ounce 2021 Mungo Footprints, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2021 Mungo Footprints, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2021 Mungo Footprints

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.

The Mungo footprints, in the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area, are the oldest preserved footprints ever found in Australia and the largest set of ice age footprints in the world.

The footprints were discovered in 2003 when the shifting sand dunes revealed the petrified indentations to archaeologists undertaking a survey of the area. Further digging and research revealed one of the most intriguing and intact insights into how people lived, travelled, hunted, and survived in the Pleistocene era during the last ice age. In 2006, the tracks were covered again by sand to protect them from the elements. Only a handful of people know the exact location of these wondrous footprints in time.

The mint says about the coin:
"The Mungo footprints walk to us across twenty millennia, from the Dreamtime itself, as a symbol of our First People’s longevity and perseverance in this ancient land. Discovered at Willandra Lakes in Mungo National Park in 2003, the preserved footprints give us an evocative glimpse of how we lived, travelled, hunted and survived in the Pleistocene era during the last ice age. With this beautiful 2021 $1 Fine Proof Coin the Royal Australian Mint celebrates the Willandra Lakes Region and its astounding footprints in time."

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Obverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2021 Mungo Footprints - 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) and extends almost to the rim of the coin; consequently, the legend does not run continuously around the rim.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are in tiny letters below left.

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Reverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2021 Mungo Footprints - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin features the representation of a cracked muddy surface with a human footprint at its centre.

Incuse around left, the inscription MILLENNIA - ONE DOLLAR. In smaller letters in relief around right, WILLANDRA LAKES TRACKWAY.

Reverse Inscription MILLENNIA - ONE DOLLAR WILLANDRA LAKES TRACKWAY
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in capsule in a black presentation box with illustrated shipper.
RAM Product Code: 10714.
Issue price: AU$ 65.00.

See also

There is also a non-circulating 20 cents coin with the same design.

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Silver Half Ounce 2021 Mungo Footprints: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value1 (x Cent)
Total Mintage5,000
Mintage Limit5,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerAaron Baggio
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.520 mm
Thickness3.100 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDAPVZ-EYRC-JPNA-OLMD
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