There are many animals that are commonly associated with the nation of Australia, but none is more famous than the koala. Often mistakenly referred to as koala bears, the koala is actually a marsupial whose young are born underdeveloped and mature for weeks within their mother’s pouch. The Perth Mint has introduced the new 2015 1 Kilo Silver Australian Koala coin in honor of one of the continent’s most popular residents. Each coin is struck in 1 kilogram (1,000 grams) of.999 fine silver and has a $30 AUD face value.
- Low mintage of just 10,116 coins sold in 2015!
- Ninth Silver Australian Koala coin from the Perth Mint!
- Arrives in a protective plastic capsule.
- Consists of one kilogram, or 32.15 troy ounces, of .999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $30 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Exclusive 2015 koala design on the reverse of the coin.
- Available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
- Legal tender courtesy of the Currency Act of 1965.
The 2015 1 Kilo Silver Australian Koala features a brand new design, in keeping with the Perth Mint’s tradition of changing the image featured each year on the coin. This particular coin is part of the mint’s 2015 silver bullion program and includes an image of a single koala perched in a tree. Its gaze is fixed in the distance, with the infamous outback featured in the background. The immediate grassy background eventually gives way to mountainous terrain in the distance.
On the opposite side of the coin, the classic right-profile portrait image of Queen Elizabeth II that appears on all Perth Mint silver coins is included. The 1 Kilo coin is the largest in the koala series, which includes coins in ½ oz, 1 oz, and 10 oz weights.
The primary image of the koala is featured on the reverse side of the 2015 1 Kilo Silver Australian Koala coins. Above the koala’s head, the phrase “Australian Koala” is engraved, while the mint year, weight, and purity of the coin are engraved below. On the obverse side, the image of Queen Elizabeth II is flanked by engravings bearing the phrases “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and the face value of the coin.
The Perth Mint is the last remaining mint from the Royal London Mint system established in Australia when the nation was a colony of Great Britain. Previous mints were located in Sydney and Melbourne to help process and refine gold and other precious metals discovered on the continent. Today, the Perth Mint is the official mint of the Australian government, and is responsible for producing commemorative and circulation coinage.
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