2012 Australian Koala High Relief Silver Coin Available

September 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Another addition to the popular annual silver koala series is available today. The Perth Mint of Australia began selling its 2012 Australian Koala High Relief Silver Coin.

2012 Australian Koala High Relief Silver Coin

2012 Australian Koala High Relief Silver Coin

Limited to a mintage of 10,000, the 99.9% pure silver coin comes in one troy ounce. It is legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965 with an assigned face value of $1.

Designs on the 2012 Australian Koala High Relief Silver Coin are the same as other 2012-dated koala coins, with an adult koala sleeping on the branch of a eucalyptus tree. The reverse was designed by Perth Mint artist Aleysha Howarth and the obverse effigy of Queen Elizabeth II was by Ian Rank-Broadley.

Contrasted from other koala coins, the Perth Mint has reduced the high relief coin’s diameter to make it thicker and the obverse and reverse have a concave surface to dramatically enhance the scene. Using this same process, earlier this year high reliefs were released that depict a kangaroo and kookaburra.

Reverse inscriptions include AUSTRALIAN KOALA, The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mint mark, 2012, and 1 oz 999 SILVER. On the obverse are the words ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and 1 DOLLAR.

Each 2012 Australian Koala High Relief Silver Coin is held within a black presentation case and illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Specifications for Australian Koala High Relief Silver Coin

Silver Content 1 Troy oz.
Face Value (AUD) $1
Fineness 99.9%
Minimum Gross Weight 31.135 g
Maximum Diameter 32.60 mm
Maximum Thickness 6.00 mm


Investment-grade 2012 Australian Kola Silver Bullion Coins were released by the Perth Mint beginning on November 1, 2011. Several collector versions hit the market around April 2012, such as:

  • the 2012 Australian Koala One-Tenth Ounce Silver Coin,
  • the 2012 Australian Koala 5 Ounce Silver Proof Coin, and
  • the 2012 Australian Gilded Koala Silver Coin

The 2013-dated bullion Koala with its new reverse design goes on sale beginning on November 5, 2012.

Currently priced at AUS $97, the 2012 Australian Koala High Relief Silver Coin may be purchased directly from The Perth Mint website at http://www.perthmint.com.au.

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About the Perth Mint

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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