2008 Koala Coins from The Perth Mint of Australia

by CoinNews.net on July 21, 2008 · 1 comment

Australia’s iconic Koala coins are more popular than ever. The Perth Mint of Australia has launched a new coin series of 2008 proof gold Koalas, its first Gilded Koala and their second pure silver Koala. Each bullion coin depicts the "cuddly" koala and her baby sitting on a tree branch.

2008 Silver, Gilded and Gold Koala Coins

All coin versions bear the same obverse or heads design with Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, are Australian legal tender, and include the "P" mint mark, denoting The Perth Mint.

Proof Koala Gold Coin Series

The Mint’s first annual gold proof Koala coins are struck from 2oz, 1oz, 1/10oz and 1/25oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality. The 1/10 ounce and 1/25 ounce coins are already on sale, and have the following specifications:

1/10oz

1/25oz

Gold Content (Troy oz) 1/10 1/25
Monetary Denomination (AUD) 15 5
Fineness (% purity) 99.99 99.99
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 3.108 1.244
Maximum Diameter (mm) 16.10 14.10
Maximum Thickness (mm) 1.50 1.40

The Perth Mint will has a limit in place of 5,000 1/10oz coins and 15,000 1/25oz coins.

The proof 1/10 ounce gold coins are currently priced at:

  • $188.64 (AUS)
  • $183.51 (US)

The proof 1/25 ounce coins have a price of:

  • $97.73 (AUS)
  • $95.07 (US)

For more information or to place orders, visit the The Perth Mint product page:


Australian Koala 2008 Gold Proof Coin Series

 

Australian Koala Gilded Silver Coins

The Perth Mint has added a new series in the mix this year with their attractive Gilded Koala silver dollar coins. These one-ounce, 99.9% pure silver coins have a limited mintage of 10,000. The koala and her young have a 24-carat gilding. The coin is struck in the Mint’s specimen quality.

The new series silver coin are currently priced at:

  • $68.19 (AUS)
  • $66.34 (US)

For more information or to place orders, visit the The Perth Mint product page:


Australian Koala 2008 Gilded Edition 1oz Silver Coin

 

Silver Dollar Koala Coins

This year marks the second release for the popular Silver Koala $1 coins, but with the new mother and baby design. The coins are composed of 99.9% pure silver. While no mintage limits are stated, production will close when the 2009-dated coins are announced.

The silver coin is currently priced at:

  • $31.82 (AUS)
  • $30.95 (US)

For more information or to place orders, visit the The Perth Mint product page:


2008 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Coin

About the Perth Mint

The Perth Mint, wholly-owned by the State Government of Western Australia, is the official issuer of the Australian Federal Government’s Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program. The Mint opened in 1899 in response to the discovery of rich gold deposits in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.  It was Australia’s third branch of Britain’s Royal Mint – the others being the Sydney Mint and the Melbourne Mint (both closed).

The Perth Mint remained under Britain’s jurisdiction until 1 July 1970, when ownership transferred to the State Government of Western Australia. 

In 2003, The Perth Mint officially opened an 8,400 square metre state-of-the-art manufacturing facility next door to its original limestone building.  Dominating the Mint’s heritage precinct, these two important buildings are powerful symbols of more than 100 years of minting excellence in Western Australia.

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Koichi Ito July 23, 2008 at 4:23 am

2008 Gold Koala Coins are best things from Perth Mint since Platinum Koala was issued in 1987. Gold Koala Coins come in 2oz. 1oz. 1/2oz. 1/4oz. and 1/10oz. size.

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