Showcasing Australian birds and animals, landscapes and famous locations, the Perth Mint of Australia has released its 2012 Celebrate Australia $1 Coins. The colored aluminum bronze coins are available individually or as part of a complete five-coin collection.
Coins in the series each depict a different World Heritage Site located in Australia. World Heritage Sites are listed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) for their important natural or cultural value to humanity.
2012 Celebrate Australia $1 Coins are placed in a colorful presentation card which contains a photographic image and title of the site depicted on the reverse of the coin. The cards contain a fold-out stand suitable for display.
Those purchasing the five-coin collection will receive a presentation album that includes a Celebrate Australia cover. Inside the album are the five Celebrate Australia $1 Coins with each attached to an individual presentation card.
2012 Celebrate Australia $1 Coin Designs
The Perth Mint strikes each coin with a legal tender face value of AUD $1. Shown on the obverse of each is the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II along with the inscriptions of "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and "2012."
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park $1 Coin shows a native Perentie Lizard on the reverse. A colorized depiction of the national park located in the Northern Territory of Australia is shown behind the lizard.
Shown on the Lord Howe Island Group $1 Coin is a green and blue image of the landscape of the islands found between Australia and New Zealand. Two sooty terns are shown in flight as well on the reverse of the coin.
The Fraser Island $1 Coin offers a colored representation of the sandy shoreline of the island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia. An Australian Dingo serves as the symbol of the wildlife of the island for the reverse of the coin.
Depicted on the reverse of the Kakadu National Park $1 Coin is the water-filled landscape of the Northern Territory of Australia national park. Shown as well are two Black Necked Storks and White Snowflake Water Lilies.
Offered as the fifth coin of the 2012 Celebrate Australia series is the Willandra Lakes Region $1 Coin showcasing a reverse emblematic of the region located in New South Wales, Australia.
The design offers a rendition of the rugged landscape of the region along with a Wedge-Tailed Eagle perched on a branch.
2012 Celebrate Australia $1 Coin Specifications
|Face Value (AUD)||$1.00|
|Minimum Gross Weight (g)||13.80|
|Maximum Diameter (mm)||30.60|
Individual 2012 Celebrate Australia $1 Coins may be purchased directly from the Perth Mint for AUD $13.95. The complete five-coin collection is available for $63.59.
See additional Perth Mint product highlights from this site’s guide of Australian coins.
About the Perth Mint
The Perth Mint (www.perthmint.com.au) is the official issuer of the Australian Federal Government’s Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program. It was Australia’s third branch of Britain’s Royal Mint when it opened in 1899 (the others being the Sydney Mint and the Melbourne Mint, which are both now closed).
Ownership of the Perth Mint was transferred to the State Government of Western Australia in 1970 who still operates the facility today.