The Perth Mint of Australia has introduced the “Mini Roo” which contains just 0.5 grams of 99.99% pure gold (0.016 troy ounces). The diminutive coin has been introduced as a way allowing more people to have the opportunity for gold ownership by providing a very low price point.
The reverse of each coin contains the image of a kangaroo that will change every year of release. This year’s design portrays a kangaroo in a bounding pose. An inscription below indicates “0.5 GRAM 9999 GOLD” and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark appears to the left.
The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with inscriptions “ELIZABETH II”, “AUSTRALIA 2010”, and the legal tender face value “2 DOLLARS”.
In late 2009, the Perth Mint had released 2010 Gold Kangaroo coins in weights ranging from one-tenth ounce to one kilo. The one-tenth ounce to one ounce sizes featured a scene of two kangaroos boxing in the outback. The one kilo size featured the classic red kangaroo design.
The new Mini Roo gold coins have a diameter of 11.60 mm and thickness of 0.70 mm. Coins purchased from the Perth Mint come in a protective acrylic capsule. The coins were first released on May 4, 2010 and will have an unlimited mintage.