|Coin||Gold Half Gram 2015 Mini Koala|
The Australian gold half gram coin is a mini-coin format occasionally used to complement issues in larger sizes. Uniquely, in Australia there are two mints 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.
Both mints endeavour to create coins with attractive designs, and have long-running bullion series of coins with different themes. As part of these, they sometimes issue a mini-version of the theme's annual design.
The Mint says about this coin:
This adorable koala keepsake is also highly affordable and will make a beautiful gift or collectable. The koala is one of Australia’s most endearing marsupials. Nocturnal by nature, koalas will doze for up to 20 hours a day in the dappled sunlight which penetrates the middle canopy of their favourite trees. The coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965 and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2015 year-date on the coin’s obverse.
||Mint Mark||Letter P
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 small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2015 · 2 DOLLARS ·.
The reverse design portrays a seated koala.
In the right field, the P mint mark of the Perth Mint.
Around below, the precious metal content: 0.5 GRAM 9999 GOLD (one half of a gram of 99.99% gold).
||0.5 GRAM 9999 GOLD
Gold Content (Troy oz): 0.016
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging; the coin is housed in a protective acrylic capsule and presented in a colourful wallet-sized card.
Perth Mint SKU: 1501710AAD
Issue price: AU$ 59.50, US$ 42.61
Coins issued by Perth Mint in the Australian Koala series in 2015 include:
- 0.5 g Gold, Mini Koala 2015