The Perth Mint of Australia pays tribute to the quarter century history of an extremely popular series with the 25th Anniversary Platinum Koala Coin and Silver Medallion Set.
This commemorative set includes a 1/2 ounce platinum Koala coin along with a 1/2 ounce silver medallion, just as it was first presented back in 1988. The maximum mintage for the set is limited to 1,200.
On June 18, 1987, the Australian government initially approved the Perth Mint’s production of platinum and silver coins. Slightly more than a year later, the platinum Koala coin debuted marking the introduction of a series that would become one of the world’s most popular precious metal products. The line-up was expanded to include Koala silver coins in 2007.
The reverse of the 25th Anniversary platinum Koala coin replicates the original 1988 coin design. It depicts an adult koala facing forward on all four paws. Surrounding the marsupial are the inscriptions of THE AUSTRALIAN KOALA, 2013 and 1/2 OZ 9995 PLATINUM. A unique ‘P25" mintmark indicates the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the platinum Koala coin.
Offered on the obverse is the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Obverse inscriptions include ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA and the legal tender face value of 50 DOLLARS.
The silver medallion obverse includes the Perth Mint’s swan logo with the "PK25" mintmark and the mintage number. Shown on the reverse are the inscriptions of AUSTRALIAN KOALA 25TH ANNIVERSARY 2013 PROOF ISSUE along with MAXIMUM MINTAGE 1200.
25th Anniversary Platinum Koala Coin and Silver Medallion Sets are housed in a wooden presentation case. A customized shipper is also included along with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Platinum Koala Coin and Silver Medallion Specifications
|1/2 Oz Platinum Coin||1/2 Oz Silver Medallion|
|Content||0.5 Troy Oz Platinum||0.5 Troy Oz Silver|
|Minimum Gross Weight||15.560 grams||15.591|
|Maximum Diameter||25.10 mm||24.55 x 24.55|
|Maximum Thickness||2.30 mm||3.50|
|Designer||Michael Tracey||Not Listed|
Initial pricing of the 2013 Platinum Koala Coin and Silver Medallion Set is AUD $1,595.00, but that is subject to change daily based on market conditions. This set is limited to Australia
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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).
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How one can purchase the Platinum Koala Coins from U.S.?
Does South Africa issues Platinum coins?
I will appreciate your advise.
The New York Mint might be the exclusive US distributor of this coin. They are selling them at a significant amount above the Perth Mint price. If you can find someone who can buy it directly from the Perth Mint and ship it to you that will save you around $1,500. NYM is selling the 1/2 oz Platinum Koala with an NGC-PF70 grading for $3,495.