The Australian Koala Series by Perth Mint was launched in 2007 and has been a popular choice of collectors ever since. They are made of .999 pure silver and are considered legal tender under the 1965 Australian Currency Act. Like all such coins from the Perth Mint, they contain an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, as always handled by engraver Ian Rank-Broadley.
Though the species is not endangered, their chief threat is damage to their habitat. Besides the kangaroo, the koala might be the animal most-associated with Australia. It is a fine choice for a silver coin from Perth Mint.
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2016 Australian Koala Silver Coin Reverse
2016 Australian Koala Silver Coin Obverse
2015 Silver Koala Coins - The 2015 Silver Koala Coin Series included 1 kilo, 10 oz, 1 oz, and 1/2 oz coins. These range from $10 for the 1/2 oz. coin to the $540 for the 1-kilo coin. Each is made from .999 silver. On the reverse of the coin, the words "Australian Koala", "999 Silver", "2015", and "1 Kilo" are inscribed. The side also contains a koala, this time climbing a tree and looking to the dexter of the scene. On the obverse, Ian Rank-Broadley's iconic effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is inscribed.
2014 Silver Koala Coins - The 2014 Series features a close-up head shot of the koala bear, this time peering out from behind a eucalyptus leaf. This series featured 1 kilo, 10 oz, 1 oz, and 1/2 oz varieties of coins. The 1/2 troy ounce of .999 fine silver is selling for about $12 at the moment.
2014 Australian Map-Shaped Koala 1 oz Silver - The map-shaped koala coin from 2014 is one the most striking coins of the past few years. It features a stylish 3-dimensional map of Australia with a pair of colorized koalas featured on its reverse. This coin contains a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and is encapsulated in a grey presentation case with a custom-designed beauty box. The Perth Mint effigy of Queen Elizabeth is found on the other side of the map in a particularly striking pattern. Only 6,000 of these coins exist, making it a rare find for collectors.
2014 Australian Outback 1/2 oz Silver Three Coin Collection - The Three-Coin Collection from the Perth Mint also contains a koala bear on it. In this case, the koala is one of three animals depicted on separate coins, along with the kangaroo and kookaburra bird. Only 4,000 sets are available.
2014 Perth Mint High Relief Collection - A similar product is the 2014 Perth Mint High Relief Collection, which is a 3-coin proof set. This set uses high relief engraving to present a much more striking image. Only 1,000 of these sets are in circulation worldwide, so it is a good choice for investors and collectors.
2012 1 oz Silver Gilded Koala - The 2012 Gilded Koala is a special series with the year's depiction. The Gilded Koala is a colorized bear which has been authenticated and is certified. The certification states it is Mint State 69, and one of the first 500 struck. Only 10,000 of these coins exist. The standard issue for 2012 is a cute depiction of a sleeping koala on a tree branch.
2011 Australian Koala Silver Coin Series 1oz Gilded Edition - The 2011 Gilded Edition Koala is another special coin. The touching scene shows a mother koala and it baby resting on the branches of a eucalyptus tree. The .999 pure silver is gilded with 24-carat gilding. It contains what has been described as a "spectacular numismatic treatment", and I agree. The gilded series of silver are some of the most striking coins minted in the past 5 years. Only 10,000 of these coins were minted, so they are correspondingly rare.
2010 Silver Koalas - The 2010 edition of the silver koala coins included a mintage of 233,531 coins. These sale for somewhere between $70 and $75 on the Internet market. The reverse side of the coin features a koala perched on a limb.
2009 Silver Koalas - The 2009 Silver Koala Coins once again features a koala laying on the tree branch. The designer of this coin is Shevaun Buschenhofen. The mintage for the 2009 series included 336,757 coins, adding further collectability to this batch of coins.
The koala series has proven popular, so collectors and investors continue to push up demand for these coins from the Perth Mint. Year-after-year, expect to see the mint continue to produce koala coins. The species is a perennial favorite with Australians, so a customer base should remain for decades to come.
The Koala is native animal to Australia. Though it might look a bit like a cute teddy bear, the species is actually a marsupial. Its closest living relative is the wombat. The term "koala bear" is inaccurate, though persistent. Koalas like in woodlands rife with eucalyptus leaves, which make up the majority of their diet. Because their diet does not have much nutritional content, the koala is sedentary and might sleep 20 hours in a day. They have few natural predators, parasites, or rivals for food sources.