The Australian Perth Mint has long been one of the most popular government-backed mints on the planet. The annual release of the Australian Silver Kookaburra is highly anticipated by investors all over the country, and the piece offers a kind of popularity only truly rivaled by the American Silver Eagle or the British Britannia Coin. The days of the Australian Kookaburra Coin being the only yearly release from the Perth Mint are over, however. Perth Mint introduced the annual Silver Koala Coin in 2007, and the series has quickly become one of the most popular offerings from the historic mint.
This 2021 1 Ounce Australian Silver Koala Coin is the latest release in the series; it’s the fifteenth edition of the Australian Silver Koala Coin. Aside from the collectable value of this ongoing series of coins, this particular piece is struck with one ounce of .9999 pure silver. It is shipped in brilliant uncirculated (BU) condition in its original individual acrylic capsule. Both the obverse and reverse side of the piece seek to emblemize key aspects of Australian culture. The obverse is Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of England. On the reverse, an adorable Koala sleeps on a eucalyptus tree.
- .9999 pure silver, 1 Oz.
- Backed by the Australian government; face value of 1 AUD.
- Obverse Depiction: Queen Elizabeth wears her pearls, earrings, and crown.
- Reverse Depiction: A cute Koala sleeps on top of a eucalyptus tree.
Famed mint artist Monique Reeves designed this brilliant piece. Her work is especially notable within the mint design community; the intricate designs and details of the Australian Koala on the reverse side of the coin stand out when struck into the highly pure silver of the piece. Here, the koala appears to be sleeping, nodding off while maintaining his hold on a branch of the eucalyptus tree, which is the natural habitat and the main source of food for the Australian Koala.
The reverse side of the 2021 1 Oz Australia Silver Koala Coin serves as a reminder of the royal beginnings of the country and its culture. Here, the depiction of Queen Elizabeth II comes to us from Jody Clark. Her famed artistic rendering of Queen Elizabeth’s bust features the Queen at her most regal. She wears her crown, as well as her earrings and pearl necklace. The Queen’s name, as well as “Australia” and the face value ($1 AUD), are also featured on the obverse of the coin.
If we polled one hundred Americans and asked them what animal reminds them most of Australia, two answers would likely dominate: the koala and the kangaroo. While there are plenty of coins symbolizing the kangaroo, Australian koala coins are a relatively new fixture offered by the Perth Mint. The 2021 1 Oz Australia Koala Coin is the 15th annual release of this design, which is an ongoing series. Whether you’re buying for yourself or for a loved one, the 2021 1 Oz Australia Koala Silver Coin is an excellent collectible and a wise investment.