New issues from the Perth Mint of Australia include two proof high relief coins with limited mintages.
They are the one ounce 2012 Australian Kangaroo High Relief Silver Proof Coin and the one ounce 2012 Australian Koala High Relief Gold Proof Coin. These releases are part of two separate but popular annual series.
2012 Australian Kangaroo High Relief Silver Proof Coin
High relief kangaroo silver coins started in 2010 and are struck in one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. This year’s reverse design features the Australian outback with a kangaroo in front of a windmill. It was created by Wade Robinson, a Perth Mint artist. The familiar effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley is on the obverse.
Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia and very prevalent. The image of a kangaroo is used in many ways to represent the country, including being incorporated into the Commonwealth Coat of Arms used by Australian governmental agencies.
The kangaroo coin is made with an extra-deep blank measuring 6.00 mm and a diameter of 32.60 mm. Its weight is 31.135 grams. Inscriptions on the reverse are "AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO" and "2012 1 OZ 999 SILVER." The obverse sports, "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and "1 DOLLAR."
The Perth Mint is selling the Australian Kangaroo High Relief Silver Proof Coin for $100.00 AUD and its mintage limit is set for 20,000.
For another perspective, also check out this SilverCoinsToday.com article about the Kangaroo High Relief Silver Coin.
2012 Australian Koala High Relief Gold Proof Coin
The koala gold coin in high relief will be coming soon to the USA, according to the Perth Mint’s website at the time of this writing. Smaller sizes that are proof quality but not designated high relief are available now. What makes the high relief coin so special is the dramatic detail of the design.
A mature sleepy koala on a eucalyptus tree branch is featured on the reverse of the newest 99.99% pure gold strike in the Australian Koala series. It was designed by Aleysha Howarth.
The koala is one of the country’s best loved marsupial. New coin designs featuring the koala have been portrayed each year since the series began in 2008.
Each one ounce koala gold coin weighs 31.107 grams and has a diameter of 27.30 mm. The thickness is 5 mm. Inscriptions on the reverse are simply, "1oz 9999 GOLD," under the design. On the obverse the inscriptions read, "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA 2012," and "100 DOLLARS," surrounding Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Perth Mint is pricing the Australian Koala High Relief Gold Proof Coin at $2,990.00 AUD. Up to 2,000 will be minted.
For another perspective, also check out this Coinnews.net article about the Koala Gold proof coins.
Where to Order
More information on the high relief Australian Kangaroo and Kola coins may be found directly at the Perth Mint website (perthmint.com.au).