2012 Australian Gilded Koala Silver Coin Available

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Koala silver coins always prove to be popular issues with collectors around the world and the newest release in the edition should add to the following. Available now from the Perth Mint of Australia is the 2012 Australian Gilded Koala Silver Coin struck from one ounce of 99.9% fine silver.

2012 Australian Gilded Koala Silver Coin

2012 Australian Gilded Koala Silver Coin

This gilded coin showcases the same obverse and reverse imagery that is found on other 2012-dated Koala coins released by the Perth Mint. However, the koala found in this design is highlighted with 24-karat gold, marking the fifth such annual release in the series. The first appeared in 2008 which was one year after the debut of the related Koala bullion coins. Both the bullion and the gilded coins have annually changing reverse designs depicting the animal.

The koala is a marsupial native to Australia giving it an iconic relationship to the country. The creature lives almost entirely on a diet of eucalypt leaves found in the forested coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia.

Silver Coin Designs and Specifications

Australian Koala Gilded Coin in Shipper

Australian Koala Gilded Coin in Shipper

Shown on the reverse of the 2012 Australian Gilded Koala Silver Coin is a design by Perth Mint artist Aleysha Howarth. It features the koala clinging to the branch with this gilded edition highlighting the creature in 24-karat gold.

Reverse inscriptions include "AUSTRALIAN KOALA" and "2012 1 oz 999 SILVER." In addition, the inscriptions of "AH" may be found on the reverse for the artist along with the Perth Mint’s historic ‘P’ mintmark.

As legal tender of Australia, the obverse contains a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The effigy by Ian Rank-Broadley is surrounded by the inscriptions of "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and "1 DOLLAR."

Each gilded coin ships with a display case inside an illustrated shipper showing a colored picture of koalas. The coins feature a minimum gross weight of 31.135 grams, a maximum diameter of 40.60 mm and a maximum thickness of 4.00 mm.

The Perth Mint of Australia is currently offering the 2012 Australian Gilded Koala Silver Coin for AUS $94.54. Each will ship with a numbered certificate of authenticity indicating the maximum mintage available of just 10,000.

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The Royal Mint of England established the Perth Mint (www.perthmint.com.au) as a branch facility in 1899 to refine and strike gold recovered from nearby deposits. Ownership was transferred to the State Government of Western Australia in 1970. Today the Perth is responsible for the Australian Federal Government’s Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program in addition to striking some of the most unique numismatic coins in the world.

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