Ten Dollars Gold 2021 Heroes of the Sky, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Ten Dollars Gold 2021 Heroes of the Sky, Coin from Australia
CoinTen Dollars Gold 2021 Heroes of the Sky

The Australian tenth-ounce gold piece (abbreviated as 1/10 oz and designated with Au for "gold") 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.

The Royal Australian Mint issued these one tenth-ounce gold coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

The Royal Australian Air Force, formed in March 1921, is the aerial warfare branch of the Australian Defence Force. It operates the majority of the ADF's fixed wing aircraft, although both the Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy also operate aircraft in various roles.

The coins were issued individually boxed, in Proof FDC grade. RAM Product Code: 10402. Issue price: A$360.00.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,021
Obverse
Australia / Ten Dollars Gold 2021 Heroes of the Sky - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 includes the Queen's shoulders. On regular circulating coins it extends almost to the rim of the coin. Consequently, on them the legend does not run continuously around the rim. On commemorative coins the effigy is smaller and the value and denomination are below.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are incuse in tiny letters in the left field of the effigy (on the Queen's right shoulder, near the rim).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 10 DOLLARS ·.

The value and denomination · 10 DOLLARS · are around below.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 10 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Ten Dollars Gold 2021 Heroes of the Sky - reverse photo

The reverse design shows, on a background of four thick decorative lines, a front view of three airborne aeroplanes, used at various stages in the history of the RAAF: a S.E.5a biplane, a Lockheed P-3 Orion (a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft), and a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II supersonic stealth fighter.

Between the two uppermost planes, a small letter C (from Canberra) represents a mint mark of the Royal Australian Mint which it uses on collector issues only.

To the left, a wedge-tailed eagle in flight - as it is depicted on the badge of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Below left, the anniversary dates 1921 · 2021.

On two lines below, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

The initials of the designer, AS (for Aleksandra Stokic) are to the right, below the wing of F-35.

Reverse Inscription 1921 · 2021 ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin design was approved by the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2020 Royal Australian Mint No. 5) Determination 2020 on 5 November 2020.

See also

The same reverse design was also used on a $1 coin struck in Aluminium Bronze and in silver.

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Ten Dollars Gold 2021 Heroes of the Sky: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage2,021
Mintage Limit2,021
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerAleksandra Stokic
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size1,753.000 mm
Thickness1.800 mm
Mass3.110 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-JQNM-EJZN
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