Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Coloured, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Coloured, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Coloured

The Australian quarter ounce silver piece (abbreviated as 1/4 oz and designated with Ag for "silver") is a bullion and commemorative coin format; it has face value of 25 cents. 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 premium bullion quarter-ounce silver coin with a face value of 25 cents was issued as part of the Perth Mint's Lunar Series III to mark the Chinese Year of the Ox (12 February 2021 - 31 January 2022).

It is the first design issued by the Perth Mint for 2021; there was a second silver quarter ounce issued later with a different reverse.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Coloured - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown and the Victoria Coronation necklace worn for her Coronation. This is her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide and "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, in "uncouped" version - showing the Queen's shoulders and not terminating at the neck as the normal version.

On the left, in small letters on the Queen's shoulder, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Ag 25 CENTS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/4 oz 9999 Ag" means "one quarter of a troy ounce of 99.99% silver" - Ag is abbreviated from the Latin word for silver, Argentum.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/4oz 9999 Ag 25 CENTS
Reverse
Australia / Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Coloured - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features a coloured image of a strong ox in front of a persimmon tree in the foreground, and in the background a wooden fence.

Oxen possess an enormous work force and are the oldest documented draft animals, which are used in agriculture and other fields. Those born under the sign of the Chinese ox are considered friendly, intelligent, honest and reliable. They are characterised by a high work ethic, logical thinking and composure.

Below left, the Chinese character for "ox" (pronounced niú under the Pinyin system);vertically to the left of that, OX 2021.

The mint mark P of the Perth Mint below right. The designer's initial W (for Wang Shen Yong) is at the base of the tree.

The face value and the precious metal content are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 牛 OX 2021
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, coloured, with lightly frosted surfaces.
Packaging: in capsule.

See also

Year of the Ox 2021 coins issued by the Perth Mint include:
- Australia, Platinum Ounce ($1), Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Gold Ten Ounces ($1,000), Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Gold Two Ounces ($200), Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Gold Ounce ($100) High Relief, Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Gold Ounce ($100), Year of the Ox 2021 (with coloured version)
- Australia, Gold Half Ounce ($100), Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Gold Quarter Ounce ($25), Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Gold Tenth-Ounce ($15) Coloured, Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Gold Tenth-Ounce ($15), Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Gold Twentieth-Ounce ($5) Coloured, Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Gold Twentieth-Ounce ($5), Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Silver Ten Kilos ($300), Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Silver Kilo ($30) First Design, Coloured, Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Silver Kilo ($30), Year of the Ox 2021 (with coloured and gold insert versions)
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces ($8) - High Relief, Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces ($8), Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) - Antique, Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) with coloured version, Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) Coloured, Year of the Ox 2021 - ANDA Special
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) with Opal, Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1), Year of the Ox 2021 High Relief
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1), Year of the Ox 2021 (with coloured and gilded versions)
- Australia, Silver Half Ounce (50 cents), Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Silver Quarter Ounce (25 cents) First Design, Coloured, Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Silver Quarter Ounce (25 cents) Coloured, Year of the Ox 2021
- Australia, Aluminium Bronze $1 in Year of the Ox 2021 PNC
- Tuvalu, Fifth-Ounce Gold, Year of the Ox 2021 - Prosperity
- Tuvalu, Fifth-Ounce Gold, Year of the Ox 2021 - Longevity
- Tuvalu, Fifth-Ounce Gold, Year of the Ox 2021 - Success
- Tuvalu, Silver Half Ounce (50 cents), Baby Ox - Coloured

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Silver Quarter Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox, Coloured: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value25 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerWang Shen Yong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.600 mm
Mass7.780 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-YWWD-ENZB
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