The Perth Mint is well-known for producing annual bullion coin programs with changing design schemes on the reverse each year. Further, these coins tend to focus their motif on native species that call the continent home. One of its most beloved coin programs is the Gold Australian Kangaroo, with the 2017 ¼ oz Gold Australian Kangaroo Coin available today on Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule or mint tube of 20.
- 32nd new design on the Gold Australian Kangaroo.
- Mintage limited to 150,000 coins.
- Consists of One-Quarter Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of $25 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Obverse bears Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy.
- Reverse features the latest kangaroo design.
On the obverse side of every 2017 ¼ oz Gold Australian Kangaroo Coin is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s right-profile portrait has featured on the obverse of all Australian, British, and commonwealth coins since her coronation in 1953. This particular depiction is a 1998 creation by Ian Rank-Broadley, representing the fourth-generation image of the Queen.
The reverse of these 2017 Gold Australian Kangaroo Coins features the image of one kangaroo as it hops from left to right across the design field of the coin. It includes engravings of “Australian Kangaroo,” the coin’s year of issue, weight, purity, and metal content, and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark.
Kangaroos are beloved animals in Australia. They were not seen by the outside world until British explorers reached the continent in the 18th century. Kangaroos are the world’s largest marsupials, and move with the help of two muscular hind legs and a powerful tail for balance.
Gold Australian Kangaroos have been released in gold versions only since 1990, the same year as the Australian Kookaburra series launched in silver and gold. However, the Gold Australian Kangaroo holds the distinction of the longest running because it actually launched in 1986 as the Gold Australian Nugget, but was rebranded and designed in 1990 with the kangaroo on the reverse each year rather than the gold nugget.
Each 2017 ¼ oz Gold Australian Nugget Coin in this listing is in BU condition. Coins in this condition exhibit no signs of wear and tear, but may feature minor flaws ranging from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks from the coining process.
Located in Perth, Western Australia, the Perth Mint is a state-owned entity of the local state government. Originally part of the Royal Mint system, today it operates separate of the Royal Australian Mint, which was founded in 1965 through the Currency Act of 1965. That same act gave Perth Mint coins legal tender status.
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