2013 Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coins and Mintages

by Rhonda Kay on August 29, 2012 · 1 comment

A new design, mintages and release date for 2013 Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coins were revealed this week by the Perth Mint of Australia.

2013 Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coins, 1 Kilo and 1 Ounce

The above (left) 1 kilo 2013 Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin continues to bear the traditional kangaroo design while the smaller 2013-dated coins, like the 1 ounce version shown above (right), feature the new design which depicts a kangaroo set against a bush scene

Offered in varying mintages and ranging in five sizes from the smallest 1/4 ounce to the largest 1 kilo, the 99.99% pure gold bullion coins will make their official entrance via Perth Mint distribution channels on October 1, 2012.

Reverses for all but the largest coin feature a new design, which is that of a kangaroo set against a bush scene. Inscriptions surrounding the reverses include AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO, the year 2013, the coin’s precious metal weight and 9999 GOLD. The Perth Mint’s mint mark, P, is placed within the outer portion of the central scene.

The series of gold bullion coins has offered annually changing kangaroo designs since 1990, displacing images of Australian gold nuggets that the series was first known for between its introduction in 1987 and 1989. In fact, the bullion series was still known as the "Australian Nugget" series until the name "Australian Kangaroo" began being used in 2008.

1 kilo sized coins have been around since 1992, and have always depicted the classic image of a red kangaroo by Dr Stuart Devlin AO CMG, goldsmith and jeweller to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions on it are the same as on the smaller coins, with the exception of words RED KANGAROO beneath the jumping marsupial.

2013 Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coins

2013 Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coins have face values of $15, $25, $50, $100 and $3,000 for sizes of 1/10 ounce, 1/4 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1 ounce and 1 kilo

Obverses of all the coins feature the same portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, plus the inscriptions of their face value, ELIZABETH II, and AUSTRALIA.

Mintage limits and specifications remain the same as prior years, and are listed in the following table:

Specifications for 2013 Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coins

Size 1 kilo 1 oz 1/2 oz 1/4 oz 1/10 oz
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 1,000.100 31.112 15.554 7.777 3.111
Diameter (mm) 75.60 32.60 25.60 20.60 16.60
Thickness (mm) 13.90 2.80 2.40 2.00 1.50
Face Value (AUD) $3,000 $100 $50 $25 $15
Mintage Limit unlimited 350,000 100,000 150,000 200,000
Gold Content (Troy oz) 32.151 1 .5 .25 .1

 

Each bullion coin carries an Australian Government guarantee of weight and purity, and they are considered legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965.

2013 Australian Kangaroo gold bullion coins are presented in protective acrylic capsules and may be purchased through the Perth Mint’s distribution and coin dealer network. (See http://www.perthmint.com.au/distributors.aspx.)

By far the most popular out of the series is the 1 ounce size. For reference, maximum mintages and sales by year are shown.

1987 – 2011 1 Oz. Kangaroo Gold Coin Sales and Mintages

YEAR MINTAGES SALES
1987 unlimited 131,264
1988 unlimited 128,461
1989 unlimited 189,321
1990 300,000 300,000
1991 250,000 130,522
1992 250,000 111,922
1993 300,000 300,000
1994 350,000 135,876
1995 350,000 165,015
1996 350,000 286,737
1997 350,000 231,013
1998 350,000 143,623
1999 350,000 127,051
2000 350,000 65,556
2001 350,000 31,206
2002 350,000 44,168
2003 350,000 46,554
2004 350,000 61,278
2005 350,000 68,428
2006 350,000 49,991
2007 350,000 46,811
2008 350,000 63,419
2009 350,000 298,012
2010 350,000 157,275
2011 350,000 190,678

 

The above mintages and sales were last updated by the Perth Mint of Australia on April 13, 2012.

For more Perth Mint coin highlights, see this site’s Australian Coin Guide.

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