One of the most popular design themes on Australian coins is the kangaroo. Featured by both the Perth Mint and Royal Australian Mint, it is the latter facility which is responsible for the production of one of the most iconic kangaroo designs in Australian history. Inspired by the copper penny, the 2016 1 oz Gold Royal Australian Kangaroo Coin is available today on Silver.com.
- Latest kangaroo design from the Royal Australian Mint!
- Inspired by the original copper penny.
- Ships to you in an individual assay card.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Issued a face value of $100 (AUD) by the Australian government.
The original Australian penny was introduced in 1911 as the nation began to separate itself from Britain as the Commonwealth of Australia. Pennies were used in Australian currency prior to decimalization in 1966.
Original copper pennies from the continent featured the British monarch’s portrait on the obverse, with varying designs used on the reverse. The kangaroo design used on these 2016 1 oz Gold Royal Australian Kangaroo coins began to appear on copper pennies during the reign of George VI, and continued on the coin’s into the reign of Elizabeth II until it was discontinued in 1964.
The obverse face of this coin features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Designed in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, this popular depiction is a fourth-generation image of Her Majesty used on British and Australian currency since its introduction. Engravings include Her Majesty’s name, the nation of issue, and coin’s face value.
On the reverse is the iconic kangaroo image from the original copper pennies. Featured in a leaping pose, the kangaroo is surrounded by the leaves of the Tasmanian Blue Gum, and engravings of the nation of issue, year of issue, weight, purity, and metal content. There is also a star of the commonwealth, which also featured on the original copper penny.
The Royal Australian Mint is the official sovereign mint of the federal government. Founded in Canberra in 1964, it took control of the production of the nation’s official currency from the Perth Mint, which is the nation’s oldest facility, but a state-owned enterprise of the Western Australia government.
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