2012 Australian Koala Silver Coin Minted to 1/10 Ounce

April 18, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The Perth Mint of Australia has issued a new 2012 Australian Koala Silver Coin struck from 1/10 ounce of the precious metal with a face value of 10 cents.

2012 Australian Koala One-Tenth Ounce Silver Coin

2012 Australian Koala One-Tenth Ounce Silver Coin

Shown on the reverse is an original image of a koala seen on all 2012-dated coins from the series.

Each is composed of 99.9% pure silver. Priced at $14.95, the Perth Mint indicates that the new release will be produced on a "mint-to-order" basis.

2012 Australian Koala Silver Coin Designs and Specifications

Koala imagery on an Australian coin is nothing new for the Perth Mint. It was in 2007 that the Perth introduced a series of coins with a koala which has been issued annually ever since.

Each year, the reverse features a new design depicting the marsupial. The original 2012 image of the creature is the work of artist Aleysha Howarth. It shows the koala asleep on the branch of an eucalyptus tree with its front limbs draping over the branch.

Surrounding the reverse design are the inscriptions of "AUSTRALIAN KOALA," "2012" and "1/10 Ounce 999 SILVER." The Perth Mint’s historic ‘P’ mintmark may also be found on the reverse located just above the koala.

Seen on the obverse is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, the effigy is surrounded by the inscriptions of "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and "10 CENTS."

The coin is struck as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965.

1/10 Ounce Australian Koala Silver Coin Specifications

Silver Content 0.10 Troy Ounce.
Face Value $0.10
Fineness 99.9%
Minimum Gross Weight 3.135 g
Maximum Diameter 20.60 mm
Maximum Thickness 2.00 mm


The Perth Mint houses each 1/10 ounce Koala Silver Coin on an illustrated presentation card suitable for gift-giving.

2012 Australian Koala Silver Coin in Presentation Card

2012 Australian Koala Silver Coin in Presentation Card

It may be purchased directly from the Perth Mint website. Orders may also be placed via phone by calling toll-free1300 663 991 within Australia or +61 8 9421 7218 (international).

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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.


One Response to “2012 Australian Koala Silver Coin Minted to 1/10 Ounce”
  1. Silver buyer says:

    I am not sure which is uglier, the Koala or Elizabeth.

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