Silver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox - Ingot, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox - Ingot, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox - Ingot

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 ingot with a face value of $1 was issued as part of the Lunar Series of coins to mark the Chinese Year of the Ox (12 February 2021 - 31 January 2022).

The Mint says:
"To celebrate 2021, the year of the Metal Ox, the Royal Australian Mint has produced this beautiful 2021 $1 1/2 oz Silver Ingot. Featuring the powerful Ox standing amid willow branches to represent humility, the ingot honours those people born under the sign of the Ox, who are believed to be patient, honest and dependable. A brilliant and auspicious gift or collectible for Chinese New Year 2021."

The coins were issued boxed, in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 10489, issue price: A$70.00.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox - Ingot - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·.

The effigy, legend and face value are in a small circle, surrounded by willow branches.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Reverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox - Ingot - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at its centre an ox, with willow branches above enclosing a crescent-shaped clear space with the inscriptions.

Above right, the Chinese character for "ox" (pronounced niú under the Pinyin system) and, on four lines, the inscription YEAR OF THE OX.

The designer's initials BK (for Bronwyn King) are to the right.

The face value and the date of issue are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 牛 YEAR OF THE OX
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin designs were approved by the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2020 Royal Australian Mint No. 2) Determination 2020 on 20 May 2020.

See also

Year of the Ox 2021 coins issued by RAM include:
- Gold Ounce, Domed
- Gold Ounce
- Gold Half Ounce
- Gold Quarter Ounce
- Silver Ounce ($5), Domed
- Silver Ounce ($1)
- Silver Half Ounce, Rectangular Ingot
- 50 Cents, Copper-Nickel

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Silver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox - Ingot: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit10,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerBronwyn King
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRectangle
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size24.7 x 42.7 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass15.591 g
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-BMVK-EMPX
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