The Perth Mint of Australia has released the 2013 Australian Koala 1 Oz Gilded Silver Coin. This strike appears as the sixth annual release in a series of gilded coins that feature different reverse designs showcasing a koala.
The 2013 Koala Gilded Silver Coin utilizes the same basic reverse design as originally issued on the 2013 Koala Silver Bullion Coins. Those bullion coinsmade their debut in November of 2012.
That design is the work of artist Tom Vaughan. It depicts an adult koala nestled in the fork of a eucalyptus tree. Surrounding the marsupial are the inscriptions of "AUSTRALIAN KOALA" and "2013 1 oz 999 SILVER." Unlike the related Koala Bullion Coins, this strike features the creature gilded in 24-karat gold.
Offered on the obverse of each coin is the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Surrounding her portrait are the inscriptions of "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and "1 DOLLAR."
Each specimen quality coin is struck as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. Each bears the face value of $1 as indicated by the obverse inscription.
Mintage of the release is limited to just 10,000. This is the same mintage used by the Perth Mint for previous strikes of the series.
Maximum diameter of each coin is listed at 40.60 mm with a maximum thickness of 4.00 mm. Minimum gross weight of each piece is shown as 31.135 grams.
Included with each purchase is a numbered certificate of authenticity which indicates the maximum mintage of 10,000. The Perth Mint also includes a black presentation case with each coin as well as an illustrated shipper which showcases another image of a koala.
Those looking to purchase the 2013 Australian Koala 1 Oz Gilded Silver Coin may do so directly from the Perth Mint. Pricing at the time of this post shows the coin selling for AUS $94.55. That price is subject to change, however, based on silver market fluctuations.
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