Perth Mint Issues 5 Oz and Gilded 1 Oz Koala Silver Coins

2012 Australian Koala 5 oz Silver Coin & 1 oz Gilded Silver Coin (Perth Mint images)

The Perth Mint of Australia has released two new koala silver coins that are sure to delight many collectors. The 2012 Australian Koala 5 Oz Silver Proof Coin and the 2012 Australian Koala 1 Oz Gilded Silver Coin are both available now for ordering.

Both strikes feature the same koala image first seen on the 2012 Koala Silver Bullion Coins released by the Perth Mint last year. This image depicts the koala resting on the branch of a eucalyptus tree and is the work of Perth Mint artist Aleysha Howarth.

Each coin is struck as legal tender of Australia under the Australia Currency Act of 1965. The face value associated with the five ounce Koala Coin is AUS $8 with the one ounce coin having a face value of AUS $1.

Reverse inscriptions on the five ounce coin include "AUSTRALIAN KOALA" and "2012 5 oz 999 SILVER." The reverse inscriptions on the one ounce coin include "AUSTRALIAN KOALA" and "2012 1 oz 999 SILVER." In addition, the Perth Mint's historic 'P' mintmark is also seen on the reverse just above the image of the sleeping marsupial.

As legal tender coins of Australia, the obverse of each showcases the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Obverse inscriptions on each include "ELIZABETH II" and "AUSTRALIA" along with an inscription for the face value of "8 DOLLARS" on the five ounce coin and '1 DOLLAR" on the gilded strike.

The Perth Mint places each coin inside a display case. It is accompanied with a numbered certificate of authenticity inside an illustrated shipper.

According to the Perth, the maximum mintage on the five ounce coin is just 5,000. Maximum mintage for the Gilded Koala is 10,000.

 

Australian Koala Silver Coin Specifications

 
5 Oz Silver Proof Coin
1 Oz Silver Gilded Coin
Silver Content (Troy oz.)
5
1
Face Value (AUD)
8
1
Fineness (% purity)
99.9
99.9
Minimum Gross Weight (g)
155.673
31.135
Maximum Diameter (mm)
60.60
40.60
>Maximum Thickness (mm)
7.90
4.00
Price (AUD)
$495.00
$104.00

 

Australian Koala Silver Coins may be purchased directly from the Perth Mint via the following affiliate link:

 

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