|Coin||Silver Ounce 2022 Diwali Medallion|
Australia has two mints, the Royal Australian Mint (which also makes the country's circulating coinage) and the Perth Mint, which are both very active in the bullion coinage space; coins issued by them are legal tender.
Additionally, there are private issuers of bullion which is not legal tender and is targeted at investors and not at coin collectors - such as this one.
The Mint says about this Diwali 1oz Silver Gilded Medallion:
Diwali is the ancient Hindu "festival of lights". Celebrated by millions of people in India and all around the world, the annual five-day festival represents the triumph of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Celebrated with lights in the form of candles and lamps, fireworks, family feasts and the exchange of many gifts, Diwali is also a time to pay homage to Hindu deities, including Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and Ganesha, the god of good fortune.
||Mint Mark||Letter P
The medallion’s obverse portrays Ganesha sitting on a cushion surrounded by a halo motif and lanterns. The god is attended by a mouse, one of his traditional mounts, who offers a sweet as a symbol of generosity.
Below, the inscription happy diwali.
The medallion’s reverse portrays a representation of Lakshmi sitting on a lotus flower, the symbol of enlightenment. An intricate halo design and hanging lanterns surround the goddess, while coins from her palm tumble into a bowl.
Below, the inscription reads happy diwali. Around above right, the precious metal content 1oz 9999 SILVER (one troy ounce of 99.99% silver).
The design also includes the Perth Mint’s P mint mark on the left. The designer's initials SR (for Sean Rogers) are on a lotus leaf on the right.
||happy diwali 1oz 9999 SILVER
Silver content (Troy oz): 1.000
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, frosted surfaces, gilded (gold plated).
Packaging: the medallion is housed in a contemporary latex case which comes in a beautifully illustrated shipper, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity,
Perth Mint SKU: 22N31AAA
Issue price: AU$ 105.00
In many places the medallion is listed under Tuvalu, because earlier issues in the series were coins which are legal tender in Tuvalu.
Coins and medals issued by the Perth Mint to celebrate Diwali include:
- 1 g Gold, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2018
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2017
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2018
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Diwali Medallion, 2019
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Diwali Medallion, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Diwali Medallion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Gilded Diwali Medallion, 2022
- $1 Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2017
- $1 Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2018