|Coin||Gold Five Ounces 2017 Australian Koala|
The Australian five ounces gold piece (abbreviated as 5 oz and designated with Au for "gold") is a bullion coin format. Uniquely, in Australia there are two mints independently authorised to strike legal tender: the Royal Australian Mint (which also makes the country's circulating coinage) and the Perth Mint which only makes collector and bullion coins, as well as other bullion products.
The Australian Koala series by the Perth Mint is issued in many bullion formats, including the large five ounces of gold size.
The reverse design changes every year, always featuring a koala - one of the most famous and distinctive animals native to Australia. The gold five-ounce coins have a face value of 500 dollars, but this is only symbolic - as the bullion value of their precious metal content is much higher. The overall weight is slightly more than five ounces, so that the pure gold content is exactly 5.000 AGW (troy ounce Absolute Gold Weight).
The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·.
The coin's reverse depicts an adult koala resting on its haunches underneath an eucalyptus tree, amidst a rural landscape.
To the left, above the horizon line - the P mint mark of the Perth Mint; below the line, the designer's initials TV (for Thomas Vaughan).
Around above, the name of the coin series: AUSTRALIAN KOALA.
Around below, the year of issue and the precious metal content: 2017 5 oz 9999 GOLD (five ounces of 99.99% gold).
||AUSTRALIAN KOALA 2017 5 oz 9999 GOLD
Packaging: each coin is presented in a prestigious timber box within a themed shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 17117KAAA
Issue price: AU$ 19,995.00, US$ 14,366.41
Coins issued by Perth Mint in the Australian Koala series in 2017 include:
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 2 oz Gold Proof High Relief, Australian Koala 2017
- 1 oz Gold Proof High Relief, Australian Koala 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 1/10 oz Gold Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 2 oz Silver Antique High Relief, Australian Koala 2017
- 1 oz Silver Proof High Relief, Australian Koala 2017
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Australian Koala 2017