Silver Two Kilos 2021 Great Barrier Reef, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Two Kilos 2021 Great Barrier Reef, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Two Kilos 2021 Great Barrier Reef

The Australian two kilos silver piece (abbreviated as 2 kg and designated with Ag for "silver") is a very large 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.

The Mint says about this coin:
"This magnificent 2 kilo silver coin celebrates one of the natural wonders of the world - the Great Barrier Reef - with a stunning high relief design symbolising its unique importance to thousands of different marine species.

Stretching more than 2,300 kilometres along Australia’s Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem. Comprising more than 2,500 reefs and over 900 islands, it supports extraordinary biodiversity, including 600 species of coral, more than 1,500 types of fish and thousands of different molluscs. It is also home to dugongs, whales, dolphins, sharks, rays and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle.

In a nod towards the Reef’s extraordinary age, estimated at over 500,000 years, the coin surface is antiqued, a treatment that tones the natural lustre of silver before it is individually hand finished to mimic the unique characteristics often seen on an ancient artefact."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage200
Obverse
Australia / Silver Two Kilos 2021 Great Barrier Reef - 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 · 60 DOLLARS ·.

The background of the rim is a guilloché pattern.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 60 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Silver Two Kilos 2021 Great Barrier Reef - reverse photo

Against a detailed background composed of fish, coral, sea grass and jellyfish, the coin portrays a green turtle - a species which feeds and nests throughout the entire Great Barrier Reef area.

Around above, the inscription GREAT BARRIER REEF. Around below, the date of issue and precious metal content: 2021 2 KILO 9999 SILVER (two kilograms of 99.99% silver).

The Perth Mint's mint mark P is below right. The designer's initials NM (for Natasha Muhl) are on the turtle's tail.

Reverse Inscription GREAT BARRIER REEF 2021 2 KILO 9999 SILVER
EdgeMilled, inscribedEdge Inscription[serial number]
Notes

Silver Content (Troy oz): 64.301
Each coin's edge individually numbered from 1 to 200.
Finish: antique, high relief, concave surfaces.
Packaging: encased within a clear Perspex display that sits within a timber presentation case and box shipper. Each coin in the mintage is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 21I44AAA
Issue price: AU$ 4,445.00, US$ 3,142.09

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Silver Two Kilos 2021 Great Barrier Reef: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Kilos (2 kg)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value60 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage200
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerNatasha Muhl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size101.300 mm
Thickness36.600 mm
Mass2,000.200 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-YQKZ-ENQG
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