Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Platypus, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Platypus, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Platypus

Australia is one of the large issuers of bullion coins. Uniquely, there are two independent mints in the country 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. Their issues are normally in standard sizes (mostly based on the troy ounce), but sometimes they also issue coins in non-standard formats, such as this one

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic, egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. The platypus is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species appear in the fossil record.

Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, and a monotypic taxon as the only member of the family ornithorhynchidae. They are one of the few mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. Like other monotremes, it senses prey through electrolocation. It is one of the few species of venomous mammals, as the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom, capable of causing severe pain to humans. The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, and the first scientists to examine a preserved platypus body (in 1799) judged it a fake, made of several animals sewn together.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Platypus - 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 1 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Platypus - reverse photo

The reverse designs shows a platypus swimming under water, surrounded by water lilies.

The Perth Mint's P mint mark is above right. On a leaf above left, the initials of the designer, JM, for Jennifer McKenna.

In the rim, which is patterned with thin radial lines, the inscription AUSTRALIAN PLATYPUS around above, and the date of issue 2021 below.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIAN PLATYPUS 2021
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 1.500
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), frosted surfaces.
Packaging: individual coin in plastic flip, or 15 in acrylic tube, or 150 in mint box.

See also

This Australian Platypus design was issued in the following formats:
- 1/3 oz Platinum, Australian Platypus 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold, Australian Platypus 2021
- 1 1/2 oz Silver, Australian Platypus 2021

All (12) coins of type: Other Bullion Formats
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold and Silver Ounce 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Gold and Platinum 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 150 DOLLARS ·
Gold and Platinum 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 150 DOLLARS ·
Gold Third-Ounce 2019 Bottlenose Dolphin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/3oz 9999 Au 2019 30 DOLLARS
Silver Ounce and a Half 2019 Bottlenose Dolphin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2019 2 DOLLARS
Gold and Platinum 2020 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 150 DOLLARS ·
Silver Ounce and a Half 2020 Australian Striped Marlin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS
Gold and Silver 2020 Adelaide Pound 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA * 75 DOLLARS *
Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Spotted Eagle Ray unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2021 2 DOLLARS
Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Platypus unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS
Platinum Quarter Ounce 2022 Australian Florin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9995 Pt 2022 25 DOLLARS
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Australian Koala 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 3 DOLLARS · 2007 2022
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Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Platypus: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOther Bullion Formats
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerJennifer McKenna
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.900 mm
Thickness5.000 mm
Mass46.650 g
OCC IDBYNK-ODDC-WBLW-OPQM
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