Gold Ounce 2021 Alien, Coin from Ghana - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2021 Alien, Coin from Ghana
CoinGold Ounce 2021 Alien

The Ghanaian Cedi has been the currency of Ghana since 1965, when it replaced the pre-decimal Ghanaian Pound.

Apart from the regular circulating coinage, the country has also authorised some foreign mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction. These are typically in standard bullion sizes, such as one ounce of gold (abbreviated as 1 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum).

The Mint says about this coin:
Scottsdale Mint is excited to announce the latest from our mint, the 2021 Ghana Alien 5 Coin Program.

The possibility of extraterrestrials visiting Earth has always captured our imagination. From books and movies, to homemade videos and rumours, there’s widespread excitement surrounding the possibility of otherworldly beings. NASA just recently released footage of UFOs and people are hearing strange noises all over the world. What if there were visiting creatures from space that wanted to trade? What would they use for currency?

Introducing the first of its kind, the Ghana Alien Coin. This is the ultimate coin series for fans, featuring a space-inspired design and UV ink revealing a glow in the dark message only “they” can see.

MintScottsdale Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage100
Ghana / Gold Ounce 2021 Alien - obverse photo

Within a double rim featuring planetary decorations, the obverse of the coin shows at its centre the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

Normally, the initials of the designer Ian Rank-Broadley are below the neck truncation when this portrait of the Queen is used on coinage, but they are not displayed here.

Around above the effigy is the country legend and date of issue: REPUBLIC OF · GHANA 2021. Around below, the face value TWENTY CEDIS. Around left and around right, the precious metal content: 1 TROY OUNCE 9999 FINE GOLD.

It is unclear why the Queen's effigy is shown, given that she was Queen of Ghana only until 1960, after which time the country became a republic.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIC OF GHANA · 2021 TWENTY CEDIS
Ghana / Gold Ounce 2021 Alien - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a staring Alien ET (Extra-Terrestrial), with space rockets launching in the behind, with a background of scientific drawings. The eyes of the alien are coloured green.

There is no inscription. A "secret message" (reading we are here) is only revealed under ultraviolet light.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: proof, coloured, with "secret message" seen only under UV light.
Packaging: in themed gift box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Issue price: US$ 2,269.06

See also

Coins in the Alien series issued for Ghana include:
- 1 oz Gold, Alien 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Alien 2021
- 1/2 oz Silver, Alien 2021

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Gold Ounce 2021 Alien: Details
PeriodGhana Cedi (2007 - present)
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value20 (x Cedi)
Total Mintage100
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
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2021 Ghana Alien 1 oz Gold Proof with Color Coin
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2021 Ghana Alien 1 oz Gold Proof with Color Coin
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