From its appearance in American pop culture in the feature film Crocodile Dundee, to its association with the national football team in Australia (the Socceroos); the kangaroo has become a popular symbol for the nation of Australia. The animal is celebrated on the 2015 1/2 oz Gold Australian Kangaroo coin with a brand new design which showcases a lone kangaroo hopping across the outback. Each of the 2015 1/2 oz Gold Australian Kangaroo Coins has been minted in 1/2 troy ounce of .9999 fine gold and also has a $50 AUD face value.
The kangaroo is one of the indelible images that people around the globe associate with Australia. The image featured on the 2015 1/2 oz Gold Australian Kangaroo coin includes a long kangaroo bounding across the famous Outback of Australia. Behind the kangaroo, there is a marshy landscape with a brilliantly detailed moon looming in the sky. On the opposite side of the coin, the customary image of Queen Elizabeth II is engraved. Her Majesty’s image is used on all coins produced at the Perth mint.
The primary image of the kangaroo is featured on the reverse side of the 2015 1/2 oz Gold Australian Kangaroo. Engraved above its head is the phrase “Australian Kangaroo” while the mint year, weight, and purity of the metal are engraved below. On the obverse side, the Queen’s image is surrounded by engravings that include “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and the face value of the coin.
The Perth Mint was completed in 1899 as the third mint, following the Sydney and Melbourne mints, in the Royal London Mint system. The facilities were established by Great Britain when Australia was a colony to help process and refine the gold, silver, and other precious metals discovered on the continent during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the Perth Mint is the lone facility still in operation and is responsible for producing all circulation and commemorative coins for the Australian government.
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