An annual favorite for many collectors, the Perth Mint of Australia has released three different sized 2013 Australian Koala Gold Proof Coins. Of the three, two are struck in high relief.
The coins are composed of 99.99% pure gold and struck to proof quality. Sizes available include 2 ounce, 1 ounce and 1/10 ounce.
Gold Koala coins made their debut in 2008 and have gained a loyal following thanks to their limited mintages and annually changing reverse designs. Their uniqueness was enhanced last year when the Perth Mint introduced a high relief option in one size which has been expanded this year to include two different sized coins. Those 2013 coins featured in high relief include the 2 ounce and the 1 ounce versions.
All three options bear the same basic reverse image. The design by Perth Mint artist Tom Vaughan shows an adult koala sitting on the branch of a eucalyptus tree with gum leaves surrounding the scene. Reverse inscriptions include "AUSTRALIAN KOALA," "2013," the size of the coin and "9999 GOLD."
Each proof coin is struck as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. Face values of the releases are $200 for the 2 ounce coin, $100 for the 1 ounce coin and $15 for the 1/10 ounce version.
The face value is inscribed on the obverse of the coin along with "ELIZABETH II and "AUSTRALIA." These inscriptions surround the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Mintages for the strikes are very limited. No more than 250 of the two-ounce coins will be issued with a maximum of 2,000 one-ounce and 5,000 tenth-ounce strikes released.
Specifications of 2013 Koala Gold Proof Coins
|2 oz High Relief||1 oz High Relief||1/10 oz|
|Gold Content (Troy oz)||2||1||1/10|
|Face Value (AUS)||200||100||15|
|Fineness (% purity)||99.99||99.99||99.99|
|Minimum Gross Weight (g)||62.215||31.107||3.111|
|Maximum Diameter (mm)||36.60||27.30||16.10|
|Maximum Thickness (mm)||6.00||4.50||1.50|
Each coin is presented in a Perth Mint display case. An illustrated shipper and a numbered certificate of authenticity are also included.
The 2013 Australian Koala 1/10 Oz Gold Proof Coins are available worldwide directly from the Perth Mint of Australia. The 2 ounce and 1 ounce high relief coins must be purchased from an authorized distributor.