Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alien, Coin from Ghana - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alien, Coin from Ghana
CoinSilver Half 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 half ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1/2 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum).

This coin is part of the Alien series by the Scottsdale Mint.

The Mint says about it:
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 Mintage4,000
Obverse
Ghana / Silver Half 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 TWO CEDIS. Around left and around right, the precious metal content: 1/2 TROY OUNCE 999 FINE SILVER.

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 TWO CEDIS
Reverse
Ghana / Silver Half 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.

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

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgeMilled interruptedEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin was issued in a set, with four different versions of it contained in each set: one Brilliant Uncirculated with regular finish, one antique, one coloured proof and one coloured proof with Rhodium plating. The set has mintage of 1,000 - meaning 4,000 coins in total.

Issued in Set
Ghana Alien Half-Ounce Silver Set 2021, mintage 1,000
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

Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alien: Known varieties
Variety Antique Finish
Images Ghana / Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alien / Antique Finish - obverse photo Ghana / Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alien / Antique Finish - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

Coin with an "antique" finish.

In Set Ghana Alien Half-Ounce Silver Set 2021, mintage 1,000
Variety Coloured Proof
Images Ghana / Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alien / Coloured Proof - obverse photo Ghana / Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alien / Coloured Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

The reverse of the coin is coloured.

In Set Ghana Alien Half-Ounce Silver Set 2021, mintage 1,000
Variety Rhodium Plated Proof
Images Ghana / Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alien / Rhodium Plated Proof - obverse photo Ghana / Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alien / Rhodium Plated Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

Black, Rhodium plated proof coin.

In Set Ghana Alien Half-Ounce Silver Set 2021, mintage 1,000
All (1) coins of type: Silver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
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Silver Half Ounce 2021 Alien: Details
CountryGhana
CurrencyCedi
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2021
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Cedi)
Total Mintage4,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.000 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDBYNK-ODDC-KXDM-OPQM
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2021 Ghana Alien 1/2 oz Silver Coin
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2021 Ghana Alien 1/2 oz Silver Antique Coin
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2021 Ghana Alien 1/2 oz Silver Coin, Color Plated
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2021 Ghana Alien 1/2 oz Silver Coin, Rhodium Plated
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2021 Ghana Alien 1/2 oz Silver Coin, Rhodium Plated
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