Silver Five Ounces 2020 Signs of the Zodiac, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Five Ounces 2020 Signs of the Zodiac, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinSilver Five Ounces 2020 Signs of the Zodiac

The Tuvaluan Dollar is the currency of Tuvalu - a small nation in the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu has never had banknotes of its own, and has been issuing coins since 1976; these circulate together with coins of the Australian Dollar, which is also legal tender in the country, and to which the Tuvaluan Dollar is pegged.

The Australian Perth Mint issues a large variety of non-circulating legal tender coins under the authority of Tuvalu. Some of these are in the silver five-ounce format (abbreviated as 5 oz). Strictly speaking, they are not bullion as they are priced at a premium and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic merit and collectable value and not just for their precious metal content.

This coin features the twelve Signs of the Zodiac. The mint says about it:
From professional astrologers to keen followers of daily horoscopes, this magnificent 5oz silver coin featuring vivid colour and antique finishes will appeal to all those intrigued by the 12 signs of the zodiac.

The roots of astrology lie in the idea that an individual’s character and fate is somehow linked to the arrangement of the stars, Sun and Moon at the time of their birth. The ancient Babylonians identified 12 different patterns of stars through which the Sun appeared to travel. Later, respected Greek astronomer Ptolemy codified many astrological concepts, attributing a name derived from Greek or Roman mythology to each constellation in the "zodiac" (meaning circle of little animals).

A horoscope interprets a chart of the heavens at a precise point in time - such as someone’s birth date - to explain aspects of their personality and predict future events.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage388
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Five Ounces 2020 Signs of the Zodiac - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows 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.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2020 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content: five troy ounces of 99.99% silver.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2020 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver Five Ounces 2020 Signs of the Zodiac - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse portrays original artistry of each zodiac sign in colour: Scorpio the scorpion; Sagittarius the centaur; Capricorn the goat; Aquarius the water bearer; Pisces the fish; Aries the ram; Taurus the bull; Gemini the twins; Cancer the crab; Leo the lion; Virgo the maiden; and Libra the scales. Each figure is enclosed within sinuous patterns suggestive of the art nouveau style. These and other antiqued elements on the reverse are inscribed with the name of each star sign and its pictogram; from the top counter-clockwise: SCORPIO ♏︎, LIBRA ♎︎, VIRGO ♍︎, LEO ♌︎, CANCER ♋︎, GEMINI ♊︎, TAURUS ♉︎, ARIES ♈︎, PISCES ♓︎, AQUARIUS ♒︎, CAPRICORN ♑︎, and SAGITTARIUS ♐︎.

At the heart of the design is a stylised motif representing the Sun, the Moon and stars.

The designer's initials JM (for Jennifer McKenna) are in the rim on the right, between VIRGO and LEO. There is no mint mark.

Reverse Inscription SCORPIO LIBRA VIRGO LEO CANCER GEMINI TAURUS ARIES PISCES AQUARIUS CAPRICORN SAGITTARIUS
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver Content (Troy oz): 5.000
Finish: antique, coloured.
Packaging: in presentation case and illustrated shipper, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint SKU: 20H30AAA
Release price: AU$ 658.00, US$ 471.20

See also

Tuvalu coins featuring the Signs of the Zodiac and the Lunar Calendar:
- 5 oz Silver Antique, Twelve Lunar Animals, 2019
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Signs of the Zodiac, 2020
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Signs of the Zodiac, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Signs of the Zodiac, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Twelve Lunar Animals, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Signs of the Zodiac, 2023
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Twelve Lunar Animals, 2023

All (42) coins of type: Silver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Five Ounces 2012 Dragons of Legend - Chinese Dragon 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5 DOLLARS TUVALU 2012
Silver Five Ounces 2014 William Shakespeare 450 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 999 SILVER 2014 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2014 Chinese Mythical Creatures 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 999 SILVER 2014 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Chinese Mythical Creatures 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 999 SILVER 2015 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Dragon and His Nine Sons 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 999 SILVER 2015 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Dragon and His Nine Sons 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 999 SILVER 2016 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Chinese Myths and Legends - Koi Fish Jumps the Dragon Gate 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 999 SILVER 2016 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Star Trek - U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 999 SILVER 2016 TUVALU 8 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Dragon 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2018 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Chinese Zodiac - Twelve Lunar Animals 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2019 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Dragon 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2019 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Dragon and Phoenix 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2019 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Queen Anne's Revenge - Blackbeard 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2019 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Signs of the Zodiac 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2020 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Chinese Legends - Guan Yu 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2020 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2020 The Royal Fortune - Black Bart 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2020 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Signs of the Zodiac 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2021 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Gods of Olympus - Zeus 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Gods of Olympus - Poseidon 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Gods of Olympus - Hades 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Fu, Lu and Shou 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2021 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Chinese Mythical Creatures 488 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2021 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Chinese Legends - Zhao Yun 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2021 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2021 The Red Flag Fleet - Ching Shih 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Signs of the Zodiac 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2022 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Rising Phoenix 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2022 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Goddesses of Olympus - Hera 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Goddesses of Olympus - Athena 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Goddesses of Olympus - Aphrodite 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Nine Planets 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2022 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Chinese Zodiac - Twelve Lunar Animals 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2022 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2022 The Black Flag Fleet - The Rising Sun 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2023 Signs of the Zodiac 488 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2023 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2023 Chinese Zodiac - Twelve Lunar Animals 488 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2023 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2023 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Fu, Lu and Shou 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2023 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2023 Dragon 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2023 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2023 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Double Dragon and Double Tiger 388 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2023 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2023 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Phoenix and Birds 488 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2023 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2023 Gods of Olympus - Ares 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2023 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2023 Gods of Olympus - Artemis 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2023 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2023 The Black Flag Fleet - Fancy 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2023 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Silver Five Ounces 2024 Yin Yang Koi 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 Ag 2024 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
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Silver Five Ounces 2020 Signs of the Zodiac: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage388
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerJennifer McKenna
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size55.9000 mm
Thickness7.500 mm
Mass155.5330 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-RBGY-EYPL
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