|Coin||Silver Ten Ounces 2020 Mother and Baby Kookaburra|
The Australian ten ounces silver piece (abbreviated as 10 oz and designated with Ag for "silver") is a 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-ounce silver coin with a face value of $10 is part of the Perth Mint's bullion coin range featuring native animals, and depicts a Mother and baby Kookaburra.
It is part of The Next Generation series, also known as Mother and Baby, which depicts a mother and baby of an iconic Australian animal, with a different design every year. The third release in the series features the mother and baby Kookaburra.
||Mint Mark||Letter P
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, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 10oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS.
The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "10oz 9999 Ag" means "ten troy ounces of 99.99% silver" - Ag is abbreviated from the Latin word for silver, Argentum.
The background is of radial lines radiating from the centre of the portrait.
The coin’s reverse depicts Australia’s famous kookaburra (a type of kingfisher bird) with its baby, on a background of radial lines. The baby kookaburra's mouth is open, as if to signal it is hungry.
In small letters below right, the designer's initials NM (for Natasha Muhl), above which the Perth Mint's traditional P mint mark.
There is no inscription.
Silver content in Troy oz: 10.000
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, on extra-thick blank.
Packaging: in a protective acrylic capsule.
Each coin’s reverse includes a security feature in the form of a micro-laser engraved letter within the design. It is only detectable under a magnifying glass.