Silver Half Ounce 2020 Always Together - Otters, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2020 Always Together - Otters, Coin from Tuvalu
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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 ounce format (abbreviated as 1 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 is part of the Always Together gift range by the Perth Mint which has a different design every year, and features two otters holding hands, "as a fantastic numismatic representation of friendship and love".

Sea otters are known to hold paws while swimming on their backs in an endearing pose that conveys familial love.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage7,500
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Half Ounce 2020 Always Together - Otters - 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 tiny 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 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2020 TUVALU 50 CENTS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/2 oz 9999 Ag" means "one half of a troy ounce of 99.99% silver" ("Ag" is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver).

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2020 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver Half Ounce 2020 Always Together - Otters - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse depicts a coloured representation of two otters holding paws as they swim on their backs against a stylised water backdrop.

The design also includes the inscription ALWAYS TOGETHER around above left, and the Perth Mint’s P mint mark below left.

The designer's initials AH (for Aleysha Howarth) are below right.

Reverse Inscription ALWAYS TOGETHER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 0.500
Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in a classic black display case with a clear lid with illustrated shipper, and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 20C26AAA
Issue price: AU$ 74.00

See also

Coins in the Always Together series include:
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Always Together - Kittens, 2015
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Always Together - Puppies, 2016
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Always Together - Horses, 2017
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Always Together - Penguins, 2018
- 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coloured, Always Together - Otters, 2020

All (21) coins of type: Silver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Half Ounce 2015 Always Together - Kittens 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 50 CENTS TUVALU 2015
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Always Together - Puppies 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 50 CENTS TUVALU 2016
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Always Together - Horses 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 50 CENTS TUVALU 2017
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Always Together - Penguins 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2018 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Always Together - Otters 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2020 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - Dr. No 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - From Russia With Love 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - Goldfinger 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - Thunderball 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - You Only Live Twice 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - On Her Majesty's Secret Service 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - The Man With The Golden Gun 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - Diamonds Are Forever 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - Live And Let Die 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - The Spy Who Loved Me 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - Moonraker 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 James Bond - For Your Eyes Only 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2021 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2022 James Bond - Octopussy 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2022 James Bond - A View To A Kill 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2022 James Bond - The Living Daylights 12,007 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1/2 oz 9999 Ag 2022 TUVALU 50 CENTS
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Silver Half Ounce 2020 Always Together - Otters: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Total Mintage7,500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerAleysha Howarth
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.600 mm
Thickness2.600 mm
Mass15.553 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-YYRL-ENZB
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