Silver Ten Kilos 2020 Year of the Mouse, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Ten Kilos 2020 Year of the Mouse, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Ten Kilos 2020 Year of the Mouse

The Australian ten kilograms silver piece (abbreviated as 10 kg and designated with Ag for "silver") is an extremely large and rarely used bullion 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 ten kilograms (10 kg) silver coin with a face value of $300 was issued as part of the Perth Mint's Lunar Series III to mark the Chinese Year of the Mouse, 25 January 2020 - 11 February 2021 (also called Year of the Rat).

First issued in 1995 and now in its third round, the long-running Australian Lunar Coin Series celebrates the animals of the Chinese zodiac with a sequence of annual designs portraying the mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The mouse is the first animal in the cycle.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Silver Ten Kilos 2020 Year of the Mouse - 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 10 KILO 9999 Ag 300 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "10 KILO 9999 Ag" means "ten kilograms of 99.99% silver" - Ag is abbreviated from the Latin word for silver, Argentum.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 10 KILO 9999 Ag 300 DOLLARS
Reverse
Australia / Silver Ten Kilos 2020 Year of the Mouse - reverse photo

The reverse design portrays two mice foraging on husks of corn.

Above right, the Chinese character for "mouse" (or "rat:), , below which the inscription MOUSE 2020.

The Perth Mint P mint mark is below right. The designer's initials IJ (for Ing Ing Jong) are above left, behind the mouse's foot.

Reverse Inscription 鼠 MOUSE 2020
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Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 321.510
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in acrylic capsule.
Perth Mint Product Code: 3S2006OAAX

See also

Year of the Mouse 2020 coins issued by the Perth Mint include:
- Australia, Platinum Ounce ($100) Proof, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Ten Ounces ($1000), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Two Ounces ($200), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Ounce ($100) High Relief, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Ounce ($100), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Half Ounce ($50), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Quarter Ounce ($25), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Tenth-Ounce ($15), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Gold Twentieth-Ounce ($5), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ten Kilos ($300), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Kilo ($30), Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces ($8) High Relief, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces ($8) Bullion, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) Antique, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) Coloured, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2) with coloured version, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) with Opal, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) High Relief, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) with coloured and gilded versions, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Half Ounce (50c) with coloured version, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Quarter Ounce (25c) coloured, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Silver Quarter Ounce (25c) coloured - China design, Year of the Mouse 2020
- Australia, Aluminium Bronze $1 in Year of the Mouse 2020 PNC

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Silver Ten Kilos 2020 Year of the Mouse: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ten Kilos (10 kg)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value300 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit100
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size221.000 mm
Thickness34.810 mm
Mass10,001.000 g
OCC IDBYNK-ODDC-KGJZ-OPQM
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