Introduced for the first time in 2008, the Australian Koala coin series capitalizes on the popularity of arguably one of the most visible native species on the Australian continent. One of the many, unique native species, the koala has come to represent the immense diversity of wildlife and environment found on Australia. Silver.com now offers the 2016 1/10 oz Proof Gold Australian Koala Coin for purchase online.
- Annual mintage capped at 1,500 coins for global distribution!
- Ninth year of production for Gold Australian Koalas!
- Ships to you in a Perth Mint display box with numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
- Consists of One-Tenth Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Issued a face value of $15 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Reverse features the latest image of the Koala used in the series.
- Obverse bears the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Proof quality coin.
Koalas are marsupials, like the kangaroo and wombat of Australia. But hold the distinction of being the only representative of the family Phascolarctidae. The closet living relative of the koala is the wombat. The eucalyptus diet of the koala is low in calories and limited in nutritional value, which explains the sedentary lifestyle of the creatures that is highlighted by the fact it sleeps up to 20 hours a day.
Often misidentified as koala bear, rather than marsupial, the koala appears to be a cuddly and laid-back creature, but is anything but. Koalas are not shy in defending themselves when necessary, and possess the sharp claws to get the job done.
The reverse face of the 2016 1/10 oz Proof Gold Australian Koala Coin features the latest koala design in the series, that of a single adult koala walking along the branch of a eucalyptus tree. Engravings on this face include “Australian Koala” above the design field, with “2016 1/10 oz 9999 Gold” along the bottom.
On the obverse face of each 2016 Proof Gold Australian Koala is the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II created in 1998 by Sir Ian Rank-Broadley. It is featured along with engravings that read “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and “15 dollars.”
Founded in 1899, the Perth Mint is the oldest operating facility in Australia following the closures of the old Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint locations. Originally opened as part of the British Royal Mint system on the continent, today it is a state-owned entity of Western Australia and exists separate of the Royal Australian Mint.
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