One of Australia’s most popular residents, the koala, is featured with a brand new image on the 2015 1/2 oz Silver Australian Koala Coin. These coins are offered in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and are encapsulated in their original mint packaging. Each coin is minted in 1/2 troy ounce of .999 pure silver and holds a 50¢ AUD face value.
- Consists of one-half troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $.50 (AUD) is fully backed by Australia’s government.
- Bears the one-time 2015 Koala design.
- Features a “P” mint mark from the Perth Mint.
- Arrives in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
- Coins ship in protective plastic capsules.
The koala, often referred to as the koala bear, is actually a marsupial. Newborn koalas are often underdeveloped and must continue maturing in their mother’s pouch. Although typically viewed as a docile creature, koalas are capable of fierce aggression if provoked.
The Perth Mint began its first silver bullion coin program in 1990, with the popular Kookaburra Series. By 2007, the mint expanded its silver bullion coin program to include the annual koala silver coins as well. The initial koala coins were only produced in the one ounce weight, but today the bullion program includes a 1 Kilo, 10 oz, 1 oz, and the 1/2 oz coin.
On one side of the coin, the new image of the koala is featured. In the image, a lone koala is seen perched in a tree. The intricate details of the coin include the koala’s long coat, sharp claws for grasping the tree, and a distinct nose. The koala’s gaze is fixed in the distance, while a grassy prairie in the immediate background eventually gives way to a mountainous terrain. The phrase “Australian Koala” is engraved above its head, while the mint year, weight, and purity of the metal are engraved below.
On the other side of the coin, the famous right-facing profile image of Queen Elizabeth II (as featured on all Australian coins) is included. Queen Elizabeth II’s image is encircled by engravings including “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and the face value of the coin.
The Perth Mint is the lone facility still in operation today from the era of British control over Australia. The mint was opened as part of the Royal London Mint system on the continent, working in conjunction with the Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint to process and refine gold and other precious metals found in Australia. Today the mint is well known for its quality bullion coins which are minted each year.
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