When most people think of Australia, they conjure up images of alligators, kangaroos, and the infamous Outback. One of the most popular residents on the Australian continent is the beloved koala. For 2015, the Perth Mint has released a brand new set of silver coins for investment and commemorative purposes, including a brand new koala design on the 2015 10 oz Silver Australian Koala coin.
- Extremely low mintage of just 5,533 coins in 2015!
- Ninth issue of the Silver Australian Koala coin!
- Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule courtesy of the Perth Mint.
- Consists of ten troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $10 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Bears the exclusive 2015 Koala design on the reverse side of the coin.
- Features a Brilliant Uncirculated grade.
- Granted legal tender status by the Currency Act of 1965.
The first Australian silver bullion coin was introduced by the Perth Mint in 1990. Beginning in 2007, the Perth Mint added to its bullion offering with the introduction of new silver koala coins. The image featured on the koala coins has changed each year, and for the 2015 10 oz Silver Australian Koala a lone creature was selected for the design.
In the coin, a single koala is seen perched in a tree. The intricate details show the creature sitting in the tree, its long coat perfectly detailed, and its gaze fixed in the distance. Above its head is the engraving “Australian Koala,” while the mint year, weight, and purity of the metal are engraved below. In the immediate background, the grassy open prairie eventually gives way to a mountainous terrain featured in the distance.
On the opposite side of the coin, the classic right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that is featured on all Australian coins is included. Queen Elizabeth II’s image is encircled by engravings on the obverse side that include “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and the face value of the coin.
The Perth Mint was the third and final facility opened in the Australia by the Royal London Mint to accommodate the processing and refinement of gold and other precious metals on the continent. While the Sydney and Melbourne mints have both closed, the Perth Mint remains in operation today as the primary facility producing commemorative and circulation coins for the Government of Australia.
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