The Perth Mint of Australia has released two new editions of the 2012 Australian Koala Silver Coin. This includes a one ounce gilded edition with the design highlighted in 24 karat gold and a five ounce silver proof version.
The reverse design for both coins by Aleysha Howarth features an adult koala slumbering on the branch of a eucalyptus tree. Inscriptions read “Australian Koala” along with the weight and .999 fineness of the coin, the “2012” date, and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark. The obverse of each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the legal tender denomination. Bullion versions of the 2012 Silver Koala were released earlier this year in 1 kilo, 10 ounce, 1 ounce, and 1/2 ounce sizes.
The one ounce gilded edition features 24 karat gold highlighting the koala on the reverse design of the specimen quality coin. The coins have a diameter of 40.60 mm and thickness of 4.00 mm. The mintage limit is 10,000 pieces worldwide. Each coin is packaged in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
Gilded Silver Koalas have been previously offered with limited mintages in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
To order the 2012 release, visit the Perth Mint product page.
The five ounce proof edition, represents only the second time the Australian Koala has been offered in this size. These coins have a diameter of 60.60 mm and thickness of 7.90 mm with a monetary denomination of 8 Dollars. The mintage limit has been set at 5,000 pieces. Once again, the coins are housed in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
For additional information and placing orders, please visit the Perth Mint product page.