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2021 1 1/2 oz Australian Silver Platypus Coin-P (BU)

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Perth Mint celebrates the platypus, probably the world’s weirdest mammal, with an unusual 1 1/2 oz 0.9999 pure silver bullion coin. 

What makes the 2021 Australian silver platypus coin unusual? Mostly, its weight. See, 1 oz is universally considered the “standard” weight for precious metals coins worldwide, whether the minting nation uses the metric or Imperial system of weights and measures. Even fractions of 1 oz are fairly standard (1/2, 1/4, 1/10 oz). Heavier coins usually start at 2 oz then go up to 5 oz and 1 kilo (an exception to the Imperial measurement tradition, 32 troy oz equivalent).  A 1 1/2 silver coin is just weird. And we all know that “weird” is another word for “collectible.”

The reverse side of the 2021 1.5 oz silver platypus coin shows a platypus gracefully swimming in its natural habitat, a freshwater spring. A number of lilypads float on the surface of the water. Let me say, the detailing on this coin is exquisite! You can see and appreciate the variety of textures that make up the odd anatomy of the platypus: fur, webbed toes, its smooth duckbill, its muscular tail. 

The obverse of 2021 Australian silver platypus coin shows the last official portrait of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In this 2015 Jody Clark design, the 89-year-old Queen wears the George IV State Diadem Crown. (Fun fact – this is the fifth-generation design for British coins, but the sixth-generation portrait for Perth Mint coins.)

Despite its unlimited 2021 mintage, it’s getting really hard to find 1 1/2 oz Australian silver platypus coins. If you’re intrigued by the weird and the wonderful, if you collect the unusual and the obscure, better get your very own silver platypus coin today!

2021 1 1/2 oz Australian silver platypus coin-P (BU) highlights

  • Perth Mint celebrates the truly bizarre platypus with an unusual 1 1/2 oz 0.9999 pure silver bullion coin
  • Reverse showcases Jennifer McKenna at her finest – a beautifully-rendered platypus swimming gracefully underwater
  • Obverse features the last official coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned artist Jody Clark
  • Official legal currency of Australia with face value of $2

About the platypus, the world’s weirdest mammal

When European naturalists first saw preserved platypus bodies shipped across the oceans to the Old World, they just didn’t believe such a thing could exist. A beaver with a marsupial’s pouch, feet like an otter’s, a duck’s bill and venomous spurs on its legs? That allegedly lays eggs, effectively violating one of the fundamental characteristics of what it means to be a mamma/? Had to be a hoax. Like P.T. Barnum’s notorious “Feejeean Mermaid,” a creative taxidermist’s prank on the gullible public. 

Reports from Australian settlers about this weird critter they called a “water possum” didn’t stop, though. Finally, annoyed biologists were grudgingly forced to admit that yes, there really was such a creature. After all, Australia already boasted an abundance of strange marsupials including man-sized kangaroos bouncing across the scrubland, a sleepy little two-thumbed koala and even (briefly) a wolf with tiger stripes. If that’s not enough, Australia also boasts way more than its share of the world’s most venomous animals (blue-ringed octopus, cone snail, box jellyfish, taipan, funnel-web spider, tiger snake, death adder…) 

With this in mind, it rather makes sense that even a cat-sized platypus would have venomous spurs to survive in such a strange land. 

Product specifications
Product TypeCoin
Year Minted2021
MintPerth Mint
Mint typeGovernment
Weight1 1/2 oz
Thickness5 mm
Certificate of Authenticityfalse
IRA EligibilityYes
Dimensions41 mm
Face Value/Denomination$2
Obverse DesignJody Clark
Reverse DesignJennifer McKenna
Edge DesignReeded

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