The Royal Australian Mint is often overshadowed by the history and variety of products from the state-controlled Perth Mint, but it also produces some of the finest commemorative bullion and proof coins in the world. The newest expansion of its line includes the 2016 ¼ oz Gold Royal Australian Kangaroo Coin, available for purchase today on Silver.com.
- Newest coins from the Royal Australian Mint!
- Arrives in a protective assay card.
- Design influenced by the original Australian copper penny.
- Consists of one-quarter troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Bears a face value of $25 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Features the iconic kangaroo on the reverse.
Kangaroo designs first appeared on Australian coinage in the mid-20th century. The Perth and Melbourne Mints, formerly responsible for production of circulation currency under British rule, introduced a copper penny in 1911 for the Commonwealth of Australia.
It wasn’t until the reign of King George VI that the kangaroo appeared on the reverse of the penny. That design remained a stalwart of the nation’s penny through 1964, when it was finally discontinued ahead of the decimalization of Australian currency in 1966.
On the reverse face of these 2016 ¼ oz Gold Royal Australian Kangaroo coins you’ll find that original leaping kangaroo design, complete with the star of the commonwealth. Added features to this design include the encircling leaves of the Tasmanian Blue Gum and the engravings of the coin’s nation of issue, year of issue, weight, purity, and metal content.
The obverse features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s effigy has appeared on Australian currency since she ascended to the throne in 1952, and this image comes from Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998.
The Royal Australian Mint has been the official sovereign mint of Australia’s federal government since it opened in 1965, taking over production of circulation coins for the nation from the Perth Mint. The Royal Australian Mint is located in the federal capital of Canberra.
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