Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Spotted Eagle Ray, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Spotted Eagle Ray, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Spotted Eagle Ray

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

This 2021 design featuring the Spotted Eagle Ray was issued in several formats.

The spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) is a cartilaginous fish of the eagle ray family, Myliobatidae. As traditionally recognised, it is found globally in tropical regions, including the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Spotted eagle rays are most commonly seen alone, but occasionally swim in groups. They are ovoviviparous, the female retaining the eggs then releasing the young as miniature versions of the parent.

This ray can be identified by its dark dorsal surface covered in white spots or rings. Near the base of the ray's relatively long tail, just behind the pelvic fins, are several venomous, barbed stingers. Spotted eagle rays commonly feed on small fish and crustaceans, and will sometimes dig with their snouts to look for food buried in the sand of the sea bed. These rays are commonly observed leaping out of the water, and on at least two occasions have been reported as having jumped into boats, in one incident resulting in the death of a woman in the Florida Keys. The spotted eagle ray is hunted by a wide variety of sharks. The rays are considered near threatened on the IUCN Red List. They are fished mainly in Southeast Asia and Africa, the most common market being in commercial trade and aquariums. They are protected in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Spotted Eagle Ray - 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 2021 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 2021 2 DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Silver Ounce and a Half 2021 Australian Spotted Eagle Ray - reverse photo

The reverse designs shows a spotted ray swimming in the ocean.

The Perth Mint's P mint mark is below. The designer's initials NM, for Natasha Muhl, are above left on the tip of the ray's wing.

Around below, the inscriptionAUSTRALIAN SPOTTED EAGLE RAY.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIAN SPOTTED EAGLE RAY
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 1.500
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated), frosted surfaces.

See also

There is also a gold quarter-ounce coin with the same design.

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 Spotted Eagle Ray: 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
DesignerNatasha Muhl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.600 mm
Mass46.650 g
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-QJXQ-EJYG
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Spotted Eagle Ray 1.5 oz Silver
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Spotted Eagle Ray 1.5 oz Silver
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