Koalas are a species of arboreal herbivorous marsupials native to the continent of Australia. Popularly featured on an annual-release coin series from the Perth Mint, the koala is occasionally featured on other collectible coin releases from the popular mint in Australia. The 2018 2 oz Silver Australian Mother & Baby Koala Coin is the latest example of this and is currently yours to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you housed in protective tubes of 10 coins or boxes of 100 coins!
- First issue of a 2 oz silver bullion piedfort coin!
- Mintage limited to 75,000 coins only!
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .9999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $2 (AUD) by Australia.
- Queen Elizabeth II is featured on the coin’s obverse.
- A mother koala carries its young joey on its back on the coin’s reverse.
- Artwork by Aleysha Howarth.
The koala is a largely sedentary species of marsupial that can spend as many as 20 hours each day sleeping. The creatures live in eucalypt woodlands throughout the continent of Australia, with the leaves of the tree forming the backbone of its diet. This beloved creature in Australia has been saved from the brink of extinction in the early 20th century and now has a vulnerable status, the least concern among “threatened” species.
On the reverse of the new 2018 2 oz Silver Australian Mother & Baby Koala coin, you’ll find the image of a mother koala as it moves along a sturdy branch in a eucalyptus tree with its young baby on its back. When baby koalas are born they weigh less than a ½ gram and cannot see or hear. The keen sense of smell and strong forelimbs of newborn joeys does allow them to climb to their mother’s pouch for safety immediately after birth.
The obverse of the 2018 2 oz Silver Australian Mother & Baby Koala coin includes the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, surpassing the 63-year rule of her great-grandmother Queen Victoria I in 2015. This is the fourth-generation design created for the Royal Mint of England in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley.
Each of the coins in this Mother & Baby Koala issue is what’s known as a piedfort coin. The word comes from the French pie-fort, which translates as “heavy weight.” These designs are struck onto silver blanks which are heavier and thicker than the traditional 2 oz coin and are the first-ever 2 oz silver bullion piedfort coins available.
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